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<I>Once Upon a Time</I> Is a Fairy Tale for Sony

13 Oct, 2003 By: Brendan Howard

The top film in September box office, Once Upon a Time in Mexico ($49 million), won Sony No. 1 market share for the month. Other big contributors were the second month of S.W.A.T. ($12.8 million) and the opening weeks of Underworld ($37 million).

Sony took in $108 million in September, 38 percent more than Buena Vista, which grabbed the No. 2 spot with $77.8 million.

Buena Vista had a strong opener in Cold Creek Manor ($14.6 million) as well as continued strength from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Freaky Friday and Open Range.

In a distant third was Paramount ($47.1 million), with two weeks of The Fighting Temptations ($20.1 million) assisting four weeks of Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star ($20.8 million).

The Rundown's opening weekend and a third month for Seabiscuit were the strong winners for No. 4 Universal, with $39.7 million.

The first weeks of Matchstick Men fired up Warner Bros. to take the No. 5 spot, with $33.1 million.

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