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`QUEST' FINDS NO. 1 SPOT AT BOX OFFICE.

Byline: Associated Press

Jean-Claude Van Damme's martial arts saga ``The Quest'' was the most popular film at North American theaters this weekend, earning an estimated $7.2 million in its debut, industry sources said Sunday.

Another new movie, the romantic comedy ``The Truth About Cats and Dogs,'' ran a close second with an estimated take of $7 million. They were among four films that debuted in the top five.

Van Damme co-wrote, directed and starred in ``The Quest,'' a story that focuses on a man's struggle to win a prestigious Tibetan martial arts tournament.

``Sunset Park,'' about a white woman coaching a boys basketball team at a black high school, debuted in the No. 3 spot, earning $5.1 million. ``Primal Fear,'' a legal thriller starring Richard Gere, fell from last week's No. 1 spot to fourth place, earning $4.7 million in its fourth week of release.

Another new movie, ``Mulholland Falls,'' was in fifth place with sales of $4.4 million.

Final figures were scheduled to be released today.
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