It didn't get great reviews. It's not actually about anything as pleasant as kissing. It's overly cautious about interracial relationships, a handful of theaters in Virginia wouldn't play it because of its serial-killer theme, but, nevertheless, Kiss the Girls topped the box office this weekend.

Easily charting in first place with an estimated $13.4 million, the Paramount movie undoubtedly benefited from the appeal of star Morgan Freeman, proving he doesn't need his Seven costar Brad Pitt to draw at the box office.

Of course, there was very little competition at movie houses.

The only other new general releases were U-Turn, a faux noir thriller viewed as a minor indulgence from director Oliver Stone, and The Matchmaker, a little bit of blarney starring Janeane Garofalo. Neither did well, placing ninth and tenth on the Top 10 list, with $2.7 million and $1.5 million respectively, and failing to get past such established cult favorites as genuine noir whodunit L.A. Confidential and British comedy The Full Monty, which held their ground from last week in sixth and eighth places.

Audiences continued to eat up the urban family drama Soul Food, which moved up a notch from its opening week to place second, again taking in the highest per screen average $6,310, and earning another $8.5 million.

Close behind was last week's top film, George Clooney's The Peacemaker ($8.4 million) and Kevin Kline's closet comedy In & Out ($8.0 million, $41.1 million overall).

Here are the top weekend movies:

1. Kiss the Girls, $13.4 million
2. Soul Food, $8.5 million
3. The Peacemaker, $8.4 million
4. In & Out, $8.0 million
5. The Edge, $5.2 million
6. L.A. Confidential, $5.0 million
7. The Game, $2.9 million
8. The Full Monty, $2.8 million
9. U-Turn, $2.7 million
l0.The Matchmaker, $1.5 million

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