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April 6, 2003
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Irish hunk Colin Farrell has been confirmed as one of Hollywood's biggest stars after his third consecutive movie went to number one at the US box office. Phone Booth, in which Colin plays a sleazy publicist tormented by a crazed sniper, raked in £10 million in its first weekend in theatres. 

The 26-year-old previously topped the charts with The Recruit and Daredevil just last month. The Dublin-born star's box-office hat-trick confirms his status as one of Tinseltown's top draws. Colin is even being credited with reviving the career of heavyweight director Joel Schumacher. It was Joel who gave Colin his first break in the film Tigerland, which was lauded by critics but snubbed by the movie-going public. 

The filmmaker's career hit stormy waters after that, as Batman Forever marked the first of a series of flops. His reunion with the Irish wildman seems to have put an end to his troubled days, however, with this modest $13-million production soaring to the top of the charts. Colin and Joel are, it would seem, a movie-making match made in heaven.

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There's no stopping Colin, after his status as a cinema-goers' favourite was confirmed
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It was his last collaboration with Joel Schumacher, in the acclaimed Tigerland, that first brought him to stardom

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