Exhibs: Carrey, Kidman top draws

Results based on opinion, not final B.O. tallies

NEW YORK — Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman were the top box office stars of 2003, according to a poll conducted by Massachusetts-based Quigley Publishing.

Reps from major theater chains as well as smaller independents are asked to posit which thesps delivered the most box office for them in 2003, so results are based on opinion and not final B.O. tallies. Quigley has been querying exhibitors in the U.S. and Canada since 1932.

Rounding out the top 10 were (in order) Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell and Renee Zellweger.

Poll also asked exhibitors to predict male and female stars of tomorrow. Ashton Kutcher and Scarlett Johansson were deemed future money makers.

Carrey, who has landed in the top 10 for the past five years, makes his debut in first place. Kidman, who’s coming off a 2002 Oscar win for “The Hours,” makes her third appearance on the roster.

Pair upended Cruise, who has led the list a record six times and finished fourth this year.

Hanks managed to retain a spot on the list although his pics “Road to Perdition” and “Catch Me if You Can” were officially released in 2002. Both films remained in theaters through the early part of 2003.

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