‘Perdition’ takes road to top perch

'Stuart 2' comes up short, Hanks starrer to add screens

It was a long and winding “Road” to the top.

But final data Monday showed DreamWorks’ Tom Hanks starrer “Road to Perdition” outdistanced Sony’s family laffer “Stuart Little 2” to grab the No. 1 spot at the box office over the weekend.

“Road to Perdition,” which added 362 playdates in its soph sesh for a total 2,159, grossed $15.4 million. “Stuart,” which bowed in a whopping 3,255 locations this weekend, rang up $15.1 million.

On Sunday, distribs had estimated both pics took in $15.6 million over the weekend, resulting in a temporary tie for frame’s top spot.

Coin through Sunday brought 10-day cume for “Road to Perdition” to $47.3 million, with distrib now confident pic will mount a more-than-successful domestic run despite its somewhat dour tone.

“It certainly looks in the $100 million range,” DreamWorks topper Jim Tharp said.

Mob-themed drama reps director Sam Mendes’ first feature outing since helming 2000 Oscar best pic winner “American Beauty.” Pic will add a few more engagements Friday, Tharp said.

Pic perfs topped a mostly lackluster B.O. weekend.

Industrywide, grosses totaled $119.8 million, off 18% from the same weekend in 2001. Year-to-date, 2002 is still 17% ahead of the same portion of last year at $5.13 billion.

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