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"Pink Panther' squeezes past "Final Destination 3'

Inspector Clouseau bumbled his way to the top of the box office as Steve Martin's The Pink Panther debuted with $21.7-million to lead a rush of new releases.

The horror sequel Final Destination 3 ran a close second with $20.1-million, followed by the animated Curious George at No. 3 with $15.3-million, and the thriller Firewall starring Harrison Ford in fourth with $13.8-million, studios estimated Sunday.

The overall box office rose slightly despite the Winter Olympics and a Northeast snowstorm. The top 12 movies took in $106.8-million, up 3 percent over the same weekend last year.

Brokeback Mountain remained the top-grosser among Oscar contenders, finishing at No. 8 with $4.2-million and lifting its domestic total to $66.6-million.

Redford: Sundance "close

to being out of control'

The Sundance Film Festival is too intense for Robert Redford, who says he wasn't around for all of it this year.

"To the outside world, it's a big fat market where you have people like Paris Hilton going to parties. Now, she doesn't have anything to do with anything. I think the festival is close to being out of control," the festival's creator told Newsweek.

This month, Redford can be heard providing commentary on a two-disc edition of the remastered DVD for All the President's Men.

When asked if his "movie-star-ness" kept him from being taken seriously, he said it was difficult: "You work hard to move away from it, and you're only partly successful. If I go up there to speak about an issue, they're playing The Sting."

- ASSOCIATED PRESS

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