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'Mean Girls' tops box office

By Wire services
Published May 3, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Maybe nice guys finish last, but Mean Girls came in first at the weekend box office.

The comedy starring Lindsay Lohan as a student who gets swept up in the backstabbing politics of fashion, love and popularity among high school cliques earned $25-million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Although it starred 17-year-old Lohan, the presence of Saturday Night Live star Tina Fey, who also wrote the screenplay, appealed to grownup moviegoers. Overall, Mean Girls got its strength from girl power.

About 75 percent of the audience was female, according to Paramount.

"The teenage girl audience has a lot of clout and a lot of discretionary income from somewhere. They've got a lot of fun money and go to see movies in groups," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Two of last week's top movies continued to perform strongly. The Denzel Washington thriller Man on Fire fell to No.2 in its second week with $15.2-million, and 13 Going on 30, which starred Alias TV actor Jennifer Garner as a child in an adult body, ranked third with $10-million.

Three new films debuted with modest results. Laws of Attraction, a romantic comedy with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore as feuding lawyers who fall in love, earned $7-million to come in fourth.

Godsend, a horror-thriller starring Robert De Niro as a scientist who clones a dead boy, collected $6.9-million, while Envy with Ben Stiller as a suburbanite who covets the success of neighbor Jack Black, had $6.1-million. Both films overcame critical pummelings to rank fifth and sixth, respectively.

James Brown's legal troubles delay statue's unveiling

City officials in Augusta, Ga., have delayed the unveiling of a statue honoring James Brown until the singer resolves his legal troubles.

Officials originally scheduled the unveiling for May 7 to coincide with the Godfather of Soul's 71st birthday, which is Monday, and the downtown music festival that was named in his honor until recently.

The former James Brown Music Festival reverted to its original name, the Garden City Music Festival, in February because of the public backlash after his Jan. 28 arrest for allegedly hitting his wife, Tomi Rae Brown. Brown has denied the allegations.

"We need to let Mr. Brown settle those issues in his private life before we move forward with a very public recognition of his professional life," Mayor Bob Young said Friday.

Young also cited production delays. The $40,000 statue is still a clay model waiting to be cast in bronze, a process that will take at least six weeks.

Five members of the Cure add hands to Hollywood Rockwalk

The British rock band the Cure has been honored with a place in the Hollywood Rockwalk.

The band's five members placed their hands in concrete Friday to be installed outside the original Guitar Center store on Sunset Boulevard, joining other music legends such as Chuck Berry, Los Lobos, the Ramones and Van Halen.

[Last modified May 3, 2004, 01:05:16]

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