Willis Strikes Again

“The Whole Nine Yards,” a comedy about a hit man and a dentist, held the No. 1 box office spot in its second weekend, though it grossed less than $10 million — meaning that things are sluggish at the movies these days. Even so, “Nine Yards” validates the box office power of its star, Bruce Willis, whose “The Sixth Sense” earned big bucks last year. (Willis is the new movie’s hit man; Matthew Perry plays the dentist.) This weekend’s scoreboard, according to studio estimates:

1. “The Whole Nine Yards,” $9.6 million.
2. “Snow Day,” $8.5 million.
3. “Reindeer Games,” $8 million.
4. “Hanging Up,” $7.5 million.
5. “Pitch Black,” $7.1 million.
6. “The Tigger Movie,” $6.3 million.
7. “Wonder Boys,” $5.9 million.
8. “Scream 3,” $5 million.
9. “American Beauty,” $4.7 million.
10. “The Cider House Rules,” $4.1 million.

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