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Troy conquers the box office

By Brian B. — May 17th, 2004

Troy: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Pictures' Troy marched through the gates of the North American boxoffice this weekend with an estimated $45.6 million to claim an easy victory in the top spot. In addition, the Brad Pitt starrer debuted internationally in 47 countries, where it pulled in an estimated $55 million, bringing the worldwide boxoffice for the epic Greek tale to $100.6 million.

The domestic debut for the Wolfgang Petersen-helmed epic saga -- while solid and in the area expected -- was not spectacular.

Among R-rated nonsequels, Troy posted the second-highest opening on record behind Universal's 8 Mile ($51.2 million) -- but though the latter had the advantage of being about an hour shorter, the former had 941 more theaters. The sophomore session of Universal's Van Helsing was a bit scary, dropping 61% from its debut to take the second spot with an estimated $20.1 million.

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