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November 21st, 2000

"Grinch" Steals Box Office, Big Release Tuesday

An amazing weekend at the box office, as Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas rocketed to number one in its first weekend of release, with a whopping 55.1 million dollars. Wow! This is definently going to be a holiday hit, and is already in the record books. This is Ron Howard's best opening as a director, and Jim Carrey's best opening too. Must be a nice, early Christmas gift for Universal...

In a somewhat distant second came Rugrats In Paris: The Movie with a cool 23 million. Charlie's Angels continued to do strong with a little over 13 in third place, while The 6th Day came in 4th with also a little over 13 million and Bounce rounded off the top five with 11.4 million. Little Nicky made 7.5 million and is gradually declining... looks like this 80 million dollar "guaranteed hit because it has Sandler" is a big disappointment.

Let's get talking reviews, shall we? First off, over the weekend I put up reviews of Chicken Run (which Dreamworks so graciously sent to me) and The Fantasia Anthology (which I feel is my best review). So be sure to check them out! Today in stores you can pick Chicken Run up, as well as Gladiator and X-Men. Speaking of X-Men, we originally reported (and I still think the first... it was reported Sunday afternoon) that there is another edition in the works... THIS IS NOT TRUE. Director Bryan Singer confirmed that his remarks were taken out of context, and this will be the only version, so buy it everyone!

Look out for a lot more big titles to be reviewed this week... Ren has prepared "The Perfect Storm", and I'll be getting "X-Men", "Gladiator", "American Beauty" and "The Ultimate Toy Box" (Toy Story boxed set) up as soon as I can. Have fun buying some great titles everyone!

- Zach B.

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