'Collateral' makes good at the box office
Tom Cruise tops the local and national box-office charts with the debut of Michael Mann's "Collateral."
Jamie Foxx plays a cabbie who picks up fare Cruise, a hitman on a six-stop trip.
"The Manchurian Candidate" holds on to second place here for an extra week despite a 51 percent dip in attendance, 46 percent nationally.
That's because M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" plummeted in its second weekend. Here it's down 72 percent, nationally 67 percent. That's one of the sharpest drops to date for a picture that opened at a blockbuster level.
Fourth here is "The Bourne Supremacy," off 46 percent.
"Little Black Book" premieres in fifth place on the local chart.
Brittany Murphy plays a sleaze-talk-show employee who uses her credentials from the show to pry into the love life of her current live-in.
"Spider-Man 2" ranks sixth locally, down 38 percent.
No. 7 is "I, Robot," off 46 percent here.
"A Cinderella Story" fades to eighth on a 58 percent drop in attendance.
"Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" is ninth here, tripping 61 percent.
Against faster-falling competition, "Fahrenheit 9/11" reappears on the local chart in 10th place, down 36 percent, just ahead of tight runner-up "The Notebook."
Among the films playing at only one or two sites, "Maria Full of Grace," "The Door in the Floor," "Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut" and the ongoing "De-Lovely" are doing better than average business. "Donnie Darko" broke the opening-day Friday record at the Oaks.
'My Girl' thrives
The one-week, seven-performance engagement of "Me and My Girl" at the Benedum Center, Downtown, gave the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera its second best week of the 2004 season to date.
The British musical drew 14,461 patrons for a gross of $550,601. That's 73 percent of capacity.
Only the one-week run of "The King and I," which is on a national tour, fared better. A two-week run of "Dreamgirls" opens tonight as the season finale.