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In local rundown, ‘Tuscan’ outshines The Rock

The national box-office chart will tell you that “The Rundown,” an action comedy with The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), is doing the twice the business of its nearest competitors, a virtual tie between “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “Underworld.”

Take a closer look: “The Rundown” is on almost three times as many screens as “Tuscan,” which is doing more business nearly everywhere they’re squaring off under one multiplex roof.

And so it is here, where “Rundown” has a 13-to-10 multiplex advantage and isn’t even doing as well as “Tuscan” overall, much less screen-for-screen.

“Tuscan” is the new local champ. Diane Lane stars as a newly divorced American who impulsively buys an Italian villa and builds a new life.

“Secondhand Lions,” a comedy-drama with Robert Duvall, Michael Caine and Haley Joel Osment, slips to second place on the local chart but with a negligible 11 percent cut in revenue, suggesting strong word-of-mouth.

“The Rundown” debuts in third place here.

“Cold Creek Manor” falls to fourth, down 45 percent.

“Underworld” slips from second place to fifth, losing 48 percent of its audience base.

No. 6 here is “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” which continues to hold unusually well, gaining 2 percent in its fourth week.

“Duplex,” a dark comedy in which Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore try to kill an elderly tenant, is running seventh locally.

“The Fighting Temptations” is not catching on. It’s down 41 percent in its sophomore frame here.

“Matchstick Men” takes ninth locally, off 32 percent.

No 10 here is the 12-week-old “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” which on Friday passed “The Sixth Sense” to become No. 16 on the all-time North American box-office chart.

At the rate it’s going, “Pirates,” at $295.7 million, has only an outside chance to overtake 15th-ranking “Independence Day” ($306.2 million).

And yet attendance for “Pirates” was up 14 percent here. Increases in attendance also for “Dickie Roberts,” “Finding Nemo,” “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” and “Uptown Girls” suggests that the sharp drop in local weekend temperatures drove a lot of children and adolescents, and probably parents, into moviehouses.

“Luther,” at only four sites, is doing OK but couldn’t make the Top 10 with so little exposure.

Woody Allen’s “Anything Else,” which is doing less business than anything of his since “September” (1987), plummeted 62 percent nationally and 57 percent here in its second week. In making a downbeat romance with hip young stars Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci, Allen seems to have sacrificed his older constituency without a corresponding gain in the young audience.

“Out of Time” will open here Friday opposite “School of Rock,” “Cuckoo” and “The Battle of Shaker Heights.”


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