LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Following several high-profile dropouts, "Hardball" topped the box office on the lowest-grossing weekend in nearly a year, according to final figures Monday.
The Keanu Reeves Little League drama earned $8 million in its second week, while the ghost story "The Others" came in second with $5 million in its seventh week.
Overall, the $43.5 million gross this week was the lowest of the year, falling about 8 percent below the $47.4 million earnings of the same weekend last year. September is a notoriously weak month for new films, falling between the busy summer and holiday seasons.
This weekend's low turnout was mostly due to a dearth of new releases.
"Glitter," starring troubled singer Mariah Carey, was the only new film in wide release but was universally panned by critics and earned a paltry $2.4 million at No. 11.
Two other films -- the rogue police thriller "Training Day" and the Tim Allen comedy "Big Trouble" -- were pulled from their scheduled release this weekend following the terrorist attacks.
Warner Bros. delayed "Training Day" until Oct. 5 so it would have more time to advertise it, while Disney's Touchstone Pictures indefinitely postponed "Big Trouble" because it featured a bomb scene.
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