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Waiting for Halloween
Non-genre films dominate. Will Friday the 13th boost next weekend's horror revenues?
By Steve Biodrowski
October 10, 2000
Meet the Parents
and Remember the Titans
were way out front at the box office this weekend, followed by Get Carter
in a distant third. The top genre film was 4th ranked The Exorcist
, which added $4.44-million to its $23.94-million re-release gross. It will be interesting to see what happens on the Friday the 13th weekend, when New Line opens its would-be Exorcist
imitator, Lost Souls
, while The Exorcist
itself will expand onto an additional 400 screens in anticipation of Halloween.
The genre's only wide release debut, Digimon: The Movie
, which took 5th place, managed $4.23-million, slightly ahead of Monday's studio estimate. In 6th was Urban Legends: Final Cut
, earned $2.61-million, raising its total to $18.24-million. In an upset victory, The Watcher
and Nurse Betty
edged What Lies Beneath
out of the Top Ten. Watcher
had been predicted to take the #9 slot, with Watcher
battling it out for 10th place. Instead, in nearly a three-way tie, it was Watcher
in 9th, Betty
in 10th, and Beneath
in 11th, with $1.15-million, $1.13-million, and $1.12-million, respectively. That raised Beneath
's cume to $152.14-million, making it one of the biggest horror films of recent years, and it seems likely to surpass both Scary Movie
in this year's box office race.
The only other debut of interest to genre fans was CyberWorld
, which is playing in 21 Imax theatres around the nation. In its first weekend, the film earned just a hair under $278,200, for a not bad per screen average of just over $13,250.
Below are the final figures for this weekend's box office results, including the Top Ten film, plus any other science fiction, horror and fantasy films in the Top Sixty.
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|U.S. Box Office Finals for 10/6 to 10/8/2000|
|1.||Meet the Parents|| $28.62-million/$28.62-million|
|2.|| Remember the Titans||$19.209-million/$45.86--million|
|3.||Get Carter|| $6.64-million/$6.64-million|
|4.|| The Exorcist||$4.44-million/$23.94-million|
|5.|| Digimon: The Movie||$4.23-million/$4.23-million|
|7.|| Urban Legends: Final Cut||$2.61-million/$18.24-million|
|8.||Bring It On||$2.26-million/$62.50-million|
|11.||What Lies Beneath||$1.12-million/$152.14-million|
|20.||The Nutty Professor II||$440-thousand/$121.41 -million|
|21.||Scary Movie||$421-thousand/$155.53 -million|
|28.||The Kid||$293-thousand/$68.90 -million|
|42.||Bless the Child||$103-thousand/$29.00-million|
|45.||Hollow Man||$92-thousand/$72.85 -million|
|46.||Highlander: Endgame||$90-thousand/$12.67 -million|
|49.||T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous||$60-thousand/$34.69 -million|
|50.||Cirque du Soleil Journey of Man||$59-thousand/$7.16 -million|
|51.||Mission Impossible II||$59-thousand/$215.35-million|