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November 17th, 2000

Satan's Curse? Plus Holiday Movie Season Begins

A very interesting weekend at the box office (and a pretty surprising one if I may add). Charlie's Angels beat out what was expected to be the number one movie, Little Nicky. "Angels" took in a very healthy 25 million, while Adam Sandler took a blow with a little over 15 million (original New Line Cinema projections had about 18 million, but it turned out to be lower). I expected the film to have another huge Adam Sandler opening, but it didn't. Perhaps his popularity is slowly going down? 15 million is not a bad opening at all, but for Sandler, it is a disappointment after such hits as "The Waterboy" and "Big Daddy".

Men Of Honor, the fact based drama came in third to a very good debut. Red Planet had an okay opening, and The Legend Of Bagger Vance dropped down, so far it's made a little over 20 million.

But enough of that, today the holiday movie season offically begins (yay!). Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas leads the lineup, however, it's been getting pretty mixed reviews. Critics are complaing characters are underused and it's too elaborate, and that it lacks some "magical" feeling. Still, the BO numbers will be huge.

Also for the kiddies is Rugrats In Paris: The Movie, the second movie spin-off of the hit series and sequel to Thanksgiving 1998's wildly successful hit. Also opening is Bounce, the new romantic comedy from Don Roos, who gave us the indie classic "The Opposite Of Sex".

The 6th Day with Arnold "I'm Too Old To Be An Action Star" Schwarzanegger also opens today, as he does double duty as star and producer, plus double duty on screen as his character and clone. The film has also been getting mixed, but I predict 20 million this weekend. That pretty much rounds off the big releases, but Wednesday sees the Disney sequel 102 Dalmatians and M. Night Shymalan's follow-up to The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable.

That's it for today. I hope to have the Fantasia Anthology review up over the weekend (I think it will be my best review yet). In the mean time, check out my reviews for South Park Volumes 5 and 6, plus David's reviews of Ransom, Delta Force (check out the KFC comparison) and La Femme Nikita.

That's about it everyone. Have a great weekend!

- Zach B.

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