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Paramount's Mean Girls were crowned queens of the boxoffice this weekend as the Lindsay Lohan starrer pulled off a surprisingly strong win with an estimated $25 million and the top spot. The debut of the teen comedy, which marked a personal best for Lohan and director Mark Waters, had been expected to be in the mid- to high teens or $20 million at the very high end. Altogether, there were five new wide releases battling it out this weekend against holdovers and the NBA playoffs -- the staunchest holdover being 20th Century Fox's Man on Fire. The Denzel Washington starrer, which captured the top spot a week earlier, placed second with an estimated $15.2 million, a modest drop of 33%. The cume to date for the Tony Scott-helmed Regency Enterprises picture is $44.5 million after 10 days. Sony's 13 Going on 30 took the biggest hit from Mean Girls as both pictures appealed primarily to females. The Revolution Studios comedy moved into the third slot with an estimated $10 million, down a steep 53% from its opening. The Jennifer Garner starrer has generated an estimated $35.2 million so far.

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