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May 8th, 2001

Tomb Of Records

...and the summer movie season is off! No surprise that this past weekend The Mummy Returns took the top spot, considering how much audiences loved the first remake and the hype Universal put into it. The final estimated gross was at a whopping 68.1 million, two million below what so many originally thought, but still highly respectable. I never thought it'd make that amount in a single weekend, but in either case, it smashed some records. It's now the second biggest weekend opening off all time, beating out "Star Wars Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace" (which had nearly 65 million) but a little behind 1997's The Lost World. Still, it ranks as the highest non-holiday weekend opener... "The Mummy 3", anyone?

In a real distant second, Driven drove off with six million while Bridget Jones's Diary kept steady at three with 5.7. Spy Kids was next with 3.8, while Along Came A Spider ranked in 3.7. Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles made 3.1, followed by Blow with 2.4, Joe Dirt with 1.5, The Foresaken with 1.4 million and finally, the giant bomb Town & Country with 1.3.

Again, an impressive weekend. It looks like "The Mummy Returns" will be another giant hit for Universal, but it faces competition next week with A Knight's Tale, and in the weeks coming Shrek and the giant Pearl Harbor.

- Zach B.

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