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Genre Films Dominate

Grinch, Rugrats, Angels and Arnold take top four spots.

By Steve Biodrowski     November 21, 2000

Several films fell short of Monday's box office estimates, but the pecking order of the Top Ten remained unchanged, except for 9th and 10th place. And whatever the final tally, it was good news for genre films, with six titles placing in the Top Ten. As expected, How the Grinch Stole Christmas emerged as the clear winner, earning $55.08-million during its opening weekend. In 2nd place was another debut film, Rugrats in Paris, with $22.72-million. In 3rd place was holdover Charlie's Angels, which added $13.36-million to its total of $93.26-million. In 4th place was The Sixth Day, which had a disappointing debut of $13.02-million. During its sophomore outing, Little Nicky fell over 50%, pulling in $7.75-million, for a total of $26.51-million. Faring even more poorly was Red Planet, which added $2.82-million to its two-week total of $13.52-million. Still, that was a bit better than expectedenough to push the film up into 9th place, just less than $1,000 above Legend of Bagger Vance, which had been expected to fill the #9 position.

No other science fiction, horror or fantasy films earned over $1-million during the weekend. Meanwhile, Bedazzled and Blair Witch 2 have fallen out of the Top Ten. The former has earned approximately $35-million so far; the latter stands at $25-million, with little chance of reach much further. As it stands, the most successful horror film of the fall season was the re-release of The Exorcist, which stands just shy of $40-million.

Here are the final figures for the weekend's box office. Included are the Top Ten films, plus any other genre titles to rank in the Top Sixty.

U.S. Box Office Finals 11/17 to 11/19/2000
1.How the Grinch Stole Christmas $55.08-million/$55.08-million
2.Rugrats in Paris$22.72 -million/$22.72-million
3.Charlie's Angels $13.36-million/$93.26-million
4.The Sixth Day$13.02-million/$13.02-million
6.Men of Honor$7.91-million/24.92-million
7.Little Nicky$7.75-million/$26.51-million
8.Meet the Parents$6.37-million/$138.51-million
9.Red Planet$2.82-million/$13.52-million
10.The Legend of Bagger Vance$2.82-million/$25.22-million
17.Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2$360-thousand/$25.93-million
19.What Lies Beneath$245-thousand/$154.44-million
22.The Little Vampire$209-thousand/$13.43-million
32.Scary Movie$128-thousand/$157.00-million
35.Cirque du Soleil Journey of Man$94-thousand/$8.05-million
37.The Nutty Professor 2$90-thousand/$123.00-million
43.The Exorcist$67-thousand/$39.39-million
47.Digimon: The Movie$58-thousand/$9.52-million
51.T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous$41-thousand/$35.92-million
56.Urban Legends: The Final Cut$30-thousand/$21.47-million
57.The Cell $30-thousand/$60.86-million
58.Hollow Man$28-thousand/$73.21-million


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