"Queen of the Damned," featuring late R&B star Aaliyah, sunk its teeth into the top spot on its debut at the boxoffice with an estimated $15.2 million in North American theaters. "We had a terrifi

"Queen of the Damned," featuring late R&B star Aaliyah, sunk its teeth into the top spot on its debut at the boxoffice with an estimated $15.2 million in North American theaters. "We had a terrific weekend; we're very pleased," said Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. "It's certainly a difficult film to market under the tragic circumstances of Aaliyah's death," he said, commenting on the delicate task of marketing the film with appropriate sensitivity following Aaliyah's untimely passing last August.

According to Fellman, the audience was "predominately ethnic," with the largest portion being females under age 25. He also noted that the opening gross for the R-rated film, based on the novel by Anne Rice, was a company best for a three-day weekend in February.

The Warner Bros. soundtrack to the film, featuring songs co-written by Korn's Jonathan Davis and voiced by Marilyn Manson and frontmen from Linkin Park, Disturbed, Orgy, and Static-X, is expected to be a high debut on The Billboard 200 this week.

In related box office news, the Britney Spears vehicle "Crossroads" took a precipitous 51% drop during its sophomore weekend. The coming-of-age drama took in an estimated $7.1 million, moving its total to about $26.3 million in 10 days. The young female demographic that delivered a moderate opening weekend failed to materialize in the film's second weekend in theaters.