First and $21 mil

Pigskin pic 'Titans' scores but can't hike B.O.

Disney’s “Remember the Titans” posted the first $20-million-plus movie opening in almost two months, racking up $21.2 million from only 1,865 playdates.

It’s the best bow of star Denzel Washington’s career and the highest for any film since “Hollow Man” bowed with $26.4 million in the first weekend of August.

Reality-based football drama is the third Mouse House release in three months from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The first two were “Gone in 60 Seconds” and “Coyote Ugly.”

“Titans” didn’t stimulate overall business, as grosses dropped 21% compared with the same weekend in 1999. That marks the 10th straight frame of year-to-year decline.

Warner Bros.’ “The Exorcist,” though still a remarkable reissue, couldn’t keep pace with “Titans.” Classic chiller registered $7.4 million in its sophomore frame.

DreamWorks’ “Almost Famous” came in a disappointing third with $5.6 million. Cameron Crowe pic is losing traction — cume is $17.8 million entering Week 3 and competish will certainly intensify in October.

The specialized marketplace showed plenty of life, with “Best in Show” and “Dancer in the Dark” delivering powerful numbers.

Warner Bros.’ “Best,” a mockumentary from hyphenate Christopher Guest, scored $403,000 in just 13 sites. Average of $31,000 per engagement bodes extremely well for its Oct. 13 expansion.

“Dancer,” the Cannes fave from Fine Line, totaled $107,000 at three Gotham sites. It widens Friday to about 100 runs in 40 markets.

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