<i>Harry Potter</I> Swimming in <i>Ocean's Eleven</I> Wake10 Dec, 2001 By: Staff Reporter
Warner Bros.' Ocean's Eleven cruised into the top slot at the North American box office during the weekend as the star-studded ensemble action-thriller from director Steven Soderbergh made off with an estimated $39.3 million in its debut. With its A-list pedigree, and as the frame's only film to open in wide release, Ocean's had an easy time snatching the top spot.
Meanwhile, the wizard was still at work at the box office as Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone slipped into the second spot after three consecutive weekends at No. 1. Potter gleaned an estimated $14.8 million, slipping a respectable 37% during its fourth frame and bringing its estimated cume to a charmed $239.7 million after 24 days in release.
After a solid opening in the second spot the previous weekend with $18.7 million, Fox's Behind Enemy Lines dropped to third place with an estimated $8.1 million, down a discouraging 57 percent.The Gene Hackman-Owen Wilson starrer has grossed an estimated $31.2 million after 10 days. Buena Vista's Monsters, Inc. continues to bring in audiences as the Pixar-produced film slipped a scant 27 percent during its sixth weekend despite losing 508 theaters, the best hold among the top wide releases. Monsters scared up an estimated $6.7 million, upping its cume/ to about $212.5 million. Universal's Spy Game slipped into the fifth slot, picking up an estimated $4.6 million, off a disappointing 58 during its third frame. The Robert Redford-Brad Pitt starrer has garnered about $54.1 million to date.