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Li jets to the top

Los Angeles, March 3 (Reuters): Cradle 2 the Grave, a martial arts action film with an urban attitude, kick-boxed its way through the North American box office over the weekend, knocking rivals like comic book thriller, Daredevil, down from number one to number three.

Cradle 2 the Grave, which mixes the US hip-hop culture with Hong Kong-style martial arts, fusing the work of rapper turned actor DMX with Hong Kong action star Jet Li, debuted at number one, grossing $17.1 million, according to industry box office service Exhibitor Relations.

Locked in the number two position for the second week in a row, was the bawdy buddy DreamWorks comedy Old School, with $13.9 million, while Daredevil, a Marvel Comics adaptation starring Ben Affleck fell from number one to number three, grossing $11 million.

Cradle, released by Warner Bros. Pictures, a unit of AOL Time Warner Inc., was the only new nationwide release by Hollywood’s major studios over the weekend, as the industry gears up for the Academy Awards on March 23.

Ice trouble

Rome (Reuters): Ice cream proved too tempting and ultimately troublesome for one Italian under house arrest. The man, in his 40s, popped out to get a gelato but bumped into the tax police as he left the shop in the northern town of Lecco, Ansa news agency reported on Sunday. The police asked to see his receipt as part of a spot check carried out across the country to make sure shopkeepers ring up all their sales and pay the right taxes. The man didn't have the crucial slip of paper and during further questioning police discovered he had broken his house arrest and hauled him off to prison.

Anna talk

Toronto (Reuters): Ice hockey star Sergei Fedorov has admitted that he and tennis player Anna Kournikova were married but are now divorced and no longer talk. The 33-year-old, rated as one of the top players in the National Hockey League, confirmed his relationship with 21-year-old Kournikova in the Hockey News. “They are true,” said Fedorov, when asked about rumours concerning their wedding. “We were married, albeit briefly, and we are now divorced.” Fedorov has had a long-running relationship with the Russian dating back to the time when she burst onto the tennis scene as a teenager. His mother told reporters back in 2001 that they had been married in a Moscow registry office. Kournikova has also been linked with several other high-profile athletes and entertainers.

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