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Genre de-throned on King weekend.

STUART LITTLE in second; SUPERNOVA fails to ignite.

By Steve Biodrowski     January 17, 2000
Source: Daily Variety

Thanks to the Martin Luther King holiday, complete box office figures for this weekend aren't in yet, it's clear that the bigger winner is a non-genre film, NEXT FRIDAY. In second place was Columbia's STUART LITTLE with an estimated $9.7-million for the Friday-Sunday period. The film also crossed the $100-million mark over the weekend. Also holding strong is Warner Bros.' THE GREEN MILE, which raised its cume to $101.6-million, and impressive figure for a three-hour dramatic film. Other genre holdovers still in the Top Ten are DreamWorks' GALAXY QUEST and Disney-Pixar's TOY STORY 2.

Prospects were less rosy for the genre's one big debut. MGM's SUPERNOVA came in eighth place with only $5.7-million. Although the finished film turned out to be better than expected, the troubled production has almost been written off by its distributor, since the project dates back to a previous regime no longer in power.

On the exclusive front, Disney's FANTASIA 2000 continues to draw audiences at its limited IMAX engagement. The film took in another $2.3-million over the weekend, bringing its total to $12-million.

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