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October 9th, 2000

Everyone wanted to "Meet The Parents"

An incredible and impressive box office run this weekend, and I'm pretty amazed myself. A new champ now reigns for the biggest October opening, Meet The Parents scored a whopping 29.1 million in 2,614 theaters across the country. I actually saw the film myself over the weekend, and I really enjoyed it. Yes, there wasn't so much plot wise, but I thought it was hilarious with some excellent moments, Jay Roach had some superb direction and the acting, especially from Stiller and DiNiro, was top notch. DiNiro has been lining up comedy hits after the success of "Analyze This", so maybe everyone shall think he's a great comedic actor just as he is a great dramatic actor.

Remember The Titans added on to 836 more theaters, and dropped to second place with 19.6 million. In third was Get Carter, which I mentioned on Friday Warner didn't even screen it, and it came in third with a huge drop from the first and second place films, with a disappointing 6.7 million. Anyone else think Sly's career is over?

In fourth was The Exorcist, and Warner plans to add it to 400 more theaters this coming Friday, to hype it up for the whole Friday the 13th schpeal. In fifth was Digimon: The Movie, the high rated kids show and Pokémon clone with a disappointing 4.1 million. Then again, they simply just dubbed the movie from Japan and it must have cost under a million, while the rest was on marketing. Fox is sure to make a profit back on the video release. This also proves Digimon is no Pokémon, since both Pokéfilms had really strong debuts and pretty strong grosses.

What I find disappointing is that the movie I've been raving about, Almost Famous, came in 6th place with 3.8 million. The movie has made a little over 23 million so far, and it clearly show that Dreamworks' "American Beauty" strategy didn't work as they had hoped. Will they expand? Re-release later on? Who knows. The movie's budget was 60 million too, and it's a shame. If you still haven't seen it yet, go out and support it! You won't be disappointed.

As far as smaller releases go, most did pretty well. New Line's Spike Lee racial satire, Bamboozled, did pretty well. So did Requiem For A Dream (from the "Pi" director) which is only in New York City now, and will go wide over the course of the next few weeks. What did seem to do a little diappointing was the crticially acclaimed Vietnam drama Tigerland.

As far as reviews go, a few have gone up (we got a few New Line discs up and running!). Ren has prepared some great reviews of VH1 Divas Live '98 and Whitney Houston - The Greatest Hits. Anthony checked out the recently released Final Destination, while I have put up Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Wag The Dog. Austin is one of those big titles and great movies that any site should have up, so I prepared a review.

Enjoy everyone! Easy fast too, I'm surviving though!

- Zach B.

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