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May 30th, 2001

BOMBS AWAY!

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 smash The Lost 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 nationwide.

- Zach B.

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