The Blizzard of 2003 put a big chill on the weekend box office as Tom Cruise's The Last Samurai opened slightly below expectations and a number of films suffered steep double-digit declines. According to early estimates, Samurai debuted at No. 1 with $24.4 million — far below Cruise's other recent openings, including Minority Report ($35.6 million) and Mission: Impossible II ($57.8 million). After two weeks at No. 1, The Cat in the Hat fell to No. 5 with $7.3 million — a 70 percent drop from last weekend. Other freefallers include Eddie Murphy's Haunted Mansion (No. 3 with $9.5 million; off 60 percent) and Elf (No. 4 with $8.1 million; off 62 percent). One bright spot was Honey, starring Dark Angel's Jessica Alba as an aspiring dancer. The pic overcame less-than-sweet reviews to bow in second place with $14 million. Somewhere, Mariah Carey is throwing something across a room.