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August 20th, 2002

"XXX" x 2

 

Holding the top spot for the second week in the row is Vin Diesel's action funblast XXX, taking a hit with only 22.1 over the weekend, losing more than half its audience. It should make well over 100 million, though. Close behind was Signs with 19.3 million this weekend, followed by newcomer teen surfing movie Blue Crush with a decent 14.1 million. This might be a sleeper hit if the strong reviews, cool marketing and most importantly, word of mouth become effective. We'll see.

Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams scored another 11.5 million, while Austin Powers In Goldmember took in 8.7 million more. And yet again, My Big Fat Greek Wedding rises with an awesome 5.7 gross for the weekend. That movie sure has legs. Rounding the rest out of the weekend box office top ten was Blood Work, Road To Perdition and The Master Of Disguise with 4.8, 3.8 and 3.1, respectively.

Oh wait! I'm missing a film everyone else forgot! The Adventures Of Pluto Nash was tenth. No advance critics screenings, terrible post reviews, a near 100 million budget and a 2.1 million intake for the weekend? Wow! I can't think of the last turkey to hit the screens since that Cuba Gooding Jr. buddy flick nearly three years ago around this time (and also released by Warner with no advance press screenings!)

-Zach B.