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July 17th, 2001

"Legally" First

 

In a surprise upset this weekend, the teen and liked comedy Legally Blonde opened in first with 20.4 million. MGM has been doing well with openings this year, and I suspect good word of mouth from the previous week's sneak preview did help out. In second was the method actor caper The Score with 19 million and Cats & Dogs in third with 12 million.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, the big screen debut of the popular game series, failed to attract much of an audience taking in 11.4 million during this weekend and 19 million in total since it's Wednesday debut. This must be disappointing to many and Columbia/Tri-Star, where the film has had high costs - some of that being for the creation of the production company Square Pictures (the film division of Square who developed the video game series). The film was praised for its technological advancements and animation, but was criticized in the story department.

Scary Movie 2 raked in 9.6 million, and it's quite clear it won't be big as the first. The Fast And The Furious was sixth with 8.1 million while Dr. Dolittle 2 raked in 7.5 million for seventh place. Kiss Of The Dragon was eight with 6 million, and A.I. Artifical Intelligence made 5.2 million for ninth place. I doubt it will even cross 100 million, and this is definatly a box office disappointment this summer. Finally, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider took tenth with 3.9 million.

Next week: Jurassic Park III and America's Sweethearts. Who and what will stack up? Stay tuned...

 

- Zach B.

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