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Paramount's Sahara kicked up some dust at the boxoffice this weekend as the action-adventure film from Bristol Bay Prods., while not a blockbuster, did much better than expected and excavated an estimated $18.5 million to easily claim the top spot. The opening for the PG-13 film, starring Matthew McConaughey, marked the third consecutive No. 1 opening for Paramount. Industry observers thought Sahara would debut in the $10 million to $14 million area. After a solid bow of nearly $30 million the previous weekend, Dimension's Sin City held up well on its sophomore frame, reaping an estimated $14.1 million to place second, falling off 52% from its debut -- a strong hold considering the genre. The Bruce Willis starrer, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, has amassed about $50.7 million in 10 days. 20th Century Fox's Fever Pitch didn't quite hit it out of the park but had a respectable debut on its first at-bat in theaters and landed in the third spot with an estimated $13 million. The sports-themed romantic comedy, starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon and helmed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, did particularly well in the Northeast.

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