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July 9th, 2002
No surprise for the
top spot this weekend. Five years after the original,
Men In Black
the weekend with a 52.1 million gross, and 87.2 million
since last Wednesday. Overall, it's impressive stuff and
yes, it broke records. I was personally disappointed by this
mess of a movie (don't worry, I'll save my bitching for the
DVD review), but hey, movies like this are review-proof. But
think about this: less people actually saw the sequel than
the original. Higher ticket prices and how it all factors...
interesting, right? That's kind of rare, seeing how sequels
almost always bring in more money the first weekend and
overall than the predecessor.
In second was last
week's champ and another Columbia flick, Mr. Deeds with 18.4 million for the
three day portion of the long weekend. The movie should edge
toward 100 million, and with this, "Men In Black 2,"
"Spider-Man" and the upcoming "XXX" and "Stuart Little 2,"
Columbia is going to have a truly amazing year for
And whoa whoa whoa
again! For the THIRD TIME in a row, Lilo &
at each other's necks. This time though, "Stitch" beat
Cruise by a hair with 12.6 million. "Report" only brought in
12.5 million. "Minority Report" should cross 100 million
this week, but hey, "Stitch" is already there, being the
first 2-D animated flick to do so since Disney's 1999 summer
"sorta-surprised" catagory, the family basketball comedy
debuted in fifth place with 12.1 million, with a total gross
of 19 million. The film did score some pretty decent
reviews, not to mention it was a smart movie by Fox to push
the release date up 9 days for the holiday weekend. Lil' Bow
Wow (oh, sorry, it's just Bow Wow now) may be on to another
career beside rapping...
Still doing strong
Bourne Identity with 9.1 million, and should cross
100 million soon. Scooby-Doo is dropping down, taking in 7 more
million, while The Sum Of All Fears brought in 3.7 million for
To my surprise,
Powerpuff Girls Movie flat out bombed with 3.5 million,
only making 6.1 million since it's Wednesday opening. Even
"Hey Arnold! The Movie" did better than this. Still, these
are prime examples that just because you hype movies based
on major properties up on the networks where their shows
air, doesn't mean box office. Each show has big audiences,
plus the hype, so it is a bit disheartening to Time Warner
and Viacom, I'm sure. Maybe the kids are away at camp? No
matter I suppose... I'm sure each will do fine on video and
DVD. Anyway, they were also rather cheap to make too.
Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood brought in 2.8 million, now having an
overall domestic gross of over 60 million. Not bad at all,
if I say so myself.
Next weekend: Tom
Hanks teams with Sam Mendes for "Road To Perdition" (a sure
fire Oscar® contender), and Steve Irwin jumps to the big
screen. Oh yeah... "Reign Of Fire" too. Will any of these
pose a threat to those guys in black suits? Probably not,
but we'll see.
Stay tuned DVD
Oh, and on one
final note, today Academy Award® winning actor Rod
Steiger died. He was truly a marvelous, benevolent actor
with a large body of work. He will be deeply missed.