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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2003 10:12 am | Updated: 1:37 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

LOS ANGELES - Cartoon fish still have audiences hooked as the undersea adventure "Finding Nemo" regained the top spot at the weekend box office with $29.2 million.

The previous weekend's top movie, "2 Fast 2 Furious," fell to No. 2 in its second weekend with $19.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Another holdover movie, "Bruce Almighty," was third with $14.2 million.

New flicks had soft openings. The animated "Rugrats Go Wild," which blends the Nickelodeon "Rugrats" and "Wild Thornberrys" cartoon franchises, took in $12.5 million to debut at No. 4.

Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett's buddy-cop comedy "Hollywood Homicide" opened in fifth place with $11.7 million. The idiot-buddy prequel "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" debuted at No. 6 with $11.1 million.

Lacking a strong new movie, the overall box office was down after two straight up weekends. The top 12 movies grossed $118.6 million, off 24 percent from the same weekend last year, when "Scooby-Doo" opened with $54.2 million.

Theater business is expected to heat up again this weekend with the comic-book adaptation "Hulk." "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" arrives a week later, followed by "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" and "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" over Fourth of July weekend.

"It's been a summer of fits and starts, a couple of weekends up then down the next," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. "There's no question that over the next few weeks, starting with `Hulk,' we're going to see a resurgence."

The Disney-Pixar collaboration "Finding Nemo," which had a No. 1 debut and a record opening for an animated movie two weekends ago before falling to second place last week, has raised its total domestic gross to $192.3 million in 17 days of release.

"Finding Nemo" features the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe and Geoffrey Rush in a tale of a father fish out to rescue his aquarium-bound son.

"It's poetic justice that a movie about a father and a son would be the No. 1 movie of Father's Day weekend," said Chuck Viane, Disney head of distribution.

Viane said "Finding Nemo" should top $200 million in its 20th day of release, 10 days faster than the last Disney-Pixar flick, "Monsters, Inc."

The new movie also should pass the total "Monsters" gross of $255.9 million to become the top moneymaker of the five Disney-Pixar films, Viane said. Previous Disney-Pixar films were the "Toy Story" movies and "A Bug's Life."

Revenues for the street-racing sequel "2 Fast 2 Furious" tumbled 62 percent from its $50.5 million debut a weekend earlier. Starring Paul Walker, "2 Fast 2 Furious" has grossed $84 million in 10 days.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "Finding Nemo," $29.2 million.

2. "2 Fast 2 Furious," $19.1 million.

3. "Bruce Almighty," $14.2 million.

4. "Rugrats Go Wild," $12.5 million

5. "Hollywood Homicide," $11.7 million.

6. "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd," $11.1 million.

7. "The Italian Job," $9.5 million.

8. "The Matrix Reloaded," $5.5 million.

9. "Daddy Day Care," $2.1 million.

10. "X2: X-Men United," $1.6 million.

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