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<i>Anger Management</i> Still Tops US Most Popular Movie List - 2003-04-23

The unlikely comedy team of Sandler and Nicholson managed to fend off a trio of new films to remain number one at North American theaters for a second straight week. Alan Silverman has the weekly top five chart starting with a tense thriller at number five

Phone Booth stars Colin Farrell as a slick New Yorker forced to confront the lies of his life when he's trapped in a Manhattan telephone booth by an unseen sniper, played by Kiefer Sutherland. Like most of his movie roles, Farrell adopts an American accent; but the Irish-born actor says it comes naturally.

"I grew up on American television: T.J. Hooker, CHIPS, The A-Team you name it, I grew up watching that, so I have American sounds in my ears all the time," explains Farrell. "When Americans try to do an Irish accent, you grow up with 'you're not stealing me Lucky Charms.' It's impossible. I have American sounds in my head forever. It's another part of the gig and it's good fun. It's another angle into the character."

Phone Booth rings up a fifth place finish.

A cluster of new entries starts with Hong Kong-style martial arts action starring Chow Yun-Fat as the Bulletproof Monk.

Seann William Scott, who plays Stiffler in the American Pie movies, gets into shape as the battling monk's protégé.

"The challenge with a movie like this is that you've already seen The Matrix and other movies where you see the hero doing the stunts," he says. "I just was worried about making sure we had the opportunity to do that. I felt like if I had the time to train that maybe I could pull it off. Working with Yun Fat, I was always so manic about having to do every stunt; and he would say 'just relax, have fun, it's a movie.' I thought 'yeah, but you did about 80 of them. You're the action god. You don't have to worry about this. You know what you're doing.' But it was fun."

Also featuring Jamie King as Scott's fighting female counterpart, Bulletproof Monk debuts at number four.

Next, Malibu's Most Wanted with Jamie Kennedy as the son of a wealthy white politician, from the exclusive Southern California enclave, who embarrasses his dad by adopting the black street culture of hip hop.

"There are white kids I would know who were like this. I was also like this: a white kid who grew up in the suburbs, didn't have any street credibility, listened to rap music and adopted that kind of attitude, but never lived in the 'hood. In terms of my dialog, it came from all different rappers. I would take their dialog, try to steal it and make it my own," he admits.

Malibu's Most Wanted opens up at number three.

The most successful of the week's new entries is Holes, based on the popular young people's novel, adapted for the screen by its author, Louis Sachar, about kids sent to a detention camp in the desert where they dig lots of Holes.

John Voight plays the quirky and crotchety guard in charge of the youthful work crew.

"The film has a lot of nice things to say to young people," he says. "When I read the book I was so delighted with it and I could imagine why young people were so affected by it."

Also featuring Sigourney Weaver and Patricia Arquette, Holes digs in at number two; but the comedy Anger Management rages on in first place. Adam Sandler's temper gets him in trouble and in the care of unorthodox therapist Jack Nicholson.

Fans of both stars continue to turn out and for the second week in a row, Anger Management remains the most popular movie at North American theaters.