Hero: According to The Hollywood Reporter, while Hero, director Zhang Yimou's sumptuously color-coded martial arts epic from Miramax Films held on to the top spot at the boxoffice for the second week in a row with an $11.5 million four-day haul, 20th Century Fox's torn-from-the-tabloids thriller Paparazzi made the best impression of the new arrivals, checking in in fourth place with a $7.9 million four-day bow.
All in all, though, it was a relatively listless weekend.
Traditionally, the last weekend of summer sees a falling off at the boxoffice as potential moviegoers turn their attention to outdoor activities. That situation was compounded this year as Hurricane Frances forced Florida theaters -- along with virtually everything else in the state -- to shut down, denying Hollywood a market that normally accounts for 5.5% of the national gross. The other new arrivals jostled to carve out their own corners of the market. MGM's Wicker Park, a suspenser about romantic obsession starring Josh Hartnett, logged in sixth place with a $6.75 million four-day bow. Focus Features' Vanity Fair, Mira Nair's adaptation of the William Thackeray novel starring Reese Witherspoon, took eighth place with $6.12 million. And Lions Gate's urban comedy The Cookout debuted in ninth place with $6.1 million.
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