'Bill' Makes a Box-Office Killing

04/19/2004 at 01:00 PM EDT

'Bill' Makes a Box-Office Killing
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Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu

Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill -- Vol. 2," starring Uma Thurman as a vengeful ex-assassin, slayed its rivals at the box office this weekend to emerge as the top moneymaker, according to studio estimates.

It also bettered by 16 percent the opening figures of its predecessor of last October, "Kill Bill -- Vol. 1" (which debuted on home video last Tuesday). Part two is expected to match or exceed the $69.9 million domestic total of "Kill Bill -- Vol. 1," Rick Sands, chief operating officer of Miramax, tells the Associated Press.

The comic-book hero saga "The Punisher" came in at No. 2, despite punishing reviews. Thomas Jane stars as a vengeful ex-FBI agent who targets a crime boss (John Travolta) who wiped out his family

Tanking were two movies that possibly were not vengeful enough: "Connie and Carla," Nia Vardalos's follow-up to her "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" (which didn't even make the weekend Top 10) and Disney's $100 million "The Alamo," which is sinking without a fighting chance at the box office.

This weekend's Top 10, according to studio estimates, were as follows:

1. "Kill Bill -- Vol. 2," $25.6 million
2. "The Punisher," $14 million
3. "Johnson Family Vacation," $6.4 million
4. "Hellboy," $5.7 million
5. "Home on the Range," $5.4 million
6. "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed," $5.1 million
7. "Walking Tall," $4.6 million
8. "Ella Enchanted," $4.4 million
9. "The Passion of the Christ," $4.2 million
10. "The Alamo," $4.05 million

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