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June 19th, 2001

"Tomb" Raids Number One Spot, Star Wars... nothing but Star Wars

 

The weekend's box office was big. While games going to movies still have to be perfected in the story department, it seems Lara Croft: Tomb Raider has lifted the "game going to movie then boming" curse. Critics bashed this one (and every other video game movie), but it racked in an impressive 47.7 million dollars in it's opening weekend.

In second was another new entry. Atlantis: The Lost Empire went wide over the weekend from its New York and Los Angeles engagments the previous week and made a decent 20.3 million. Not bad considering this is Disney's second PG rated film (filled with a lot of violence) and a lot of tickets were half price.

Shrek will pass the 200 million mark this week (first film this year to do so) as it came in third making 13.1 million. Swordfish dropped to fourth and made 12.7 while Pearl Harbor lost more audience with 9.9 million. Evolution continued to bomb with 6.6 million for sixth place and the The Animal started to lose steam in seventh with 5.8 million. In eighth was Moulin Rouge with five million, ninth What's The Worst That Could Happen? with three million and The Mummy Returns in tenth with 2.7 million (that should cross 200 million shortly as well).

And finally... big release news! Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace will be coming to DVD October 16th for a retail price of 29.98 (that has been confirmed). I guess when fans group and complain together it pays off. Anywho, the two-disc THX-certified disc is packed. While there's no DTS, there's a Dolby Digital 5.1 EX track as well as a commentary with George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum and soft of the effects/sound crew. On the second disc, there are seven deleted scenes that are especially completed for the DVD (and anamorphic!), the "Duel of the Fates" music video, an hour long documentary cut from 600 hours of footage taped from on the set, multi-angle storyboard feature, the great trailers, TV spots, the Lynn Diaries as shown on the web, five featurettes, promo campaign and a lot more... sounds like a great set. It's sure to make a mint. But I have a feeling this is just to shut fans up, and the first trilogy won't be out for a long time. I could always be wrong though.

 

- Zach B.

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