Discs Are Rated
May 30th, 2001
The hype... the stars... that budget! Critics panned it,
but audiences still came to see Pearl Harbor, opening
with 75.1 million. With a budget of nearly 140 million (not
to mention an additional 125 million for marketing), the
film was first for the four day weekend. While it did not
World's 90.1 million opening, it beat out last year's
"Mission: Impossible 2" and set a non-sequel record. 75.1 is
impressive, don't get me wrong, but when you compare it to
"The Mummy Returns" a few weeks ago... that made 68 million
in three days. Still, it's a big opening. I personally feel
word of mouth will catch on, and the movie will die sooner
than expected. It will keep dropping and dropping...
The real success story though is Shrek, which
actually had an audience boost. With 55.2 million and second
place, it has already crossed the 100 million mark and looks
to be on track for 200 million.
In third was The Mummy Returns with 19 million,
fourth and fifth were A Knight's Tale (9.1 million)
and Angel Eyes (6.2 million).
Some old Spring favorites hung out in the top ten,
including Bridget Jones's Diary with 4.1 million,
Along Came A Spider with 2.1 million, Memento
with 1.9 and Spy Kids and Blow tying for 1.2.
Next weekend things will heat up... the hyped Rob
Schenider veichle "The Animal" debuts, as well as "What's
The Worst That Could Happen?". Plus, "Moulin Rouge" expands
- Zach B.