'Barbershop 2' Makes the Box-Office Cut

02/09/2004 at 10:36 AM EST

"Barbershop 2: Back in Business" lived up to its name over the weekend, as the comedy about a family-owned barbershop debuted at No. 1, according to studio estimates.

The comedy pulled in $25.1 million, which was a significant increase over the first film's opening weekend. The follow-up to the 2002 original stars Queen Latifah, Cedric the Entertainer and Ice Cube, who has been making a name for himself in film since his acting debut in 1991's "Boyz N the Hood."

Not far behind was Disney's feel-good flick "Miracle," which recounts the victory of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Starring Disney veteran Kurt Russell as coach Herb Brooks, the movie recounts the well-known story of the American squad's dramatic win over the team from the former U.S.S.R.

But the film's finale did not keep fans away from the film. "It's interesting to have a movie in which people know the ultimate ending, yet they're on the edge of their seats," Chuck Viane, Disney's head of distribution, tells the Associated Press.

Finishing in sixth place -- and with little advance publicity -- was "Catch That Kid," Fox's family-adventure about a daughter determined to save her father.

And moviegoers continued to keep several Oscar-nominated heavies popular, including the third installment in the "The Lord of the Rings" series, as well as the Clint Eastwood-directed "Mystic River."

1. "Barbershop 2: Back in Business," $25.1 million
2. "Miracle," $19.4 million
3. "You Got Served," $7.7 million
4. "Along Came Polly," $7 million
5. "The Butterfly Effect," $6.7 million
6. "Catch That Kid," $6 million
7. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," $4.4 million
8. "Monster," $3.51 million
9. "Mystic River," $3.5 million
10. "Cold Mountain," $3.2 million

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