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WEEKEND BOXOFFICE ADVANCE: Will 'Scary Movie 2' Short-Circuit 'A.I.'s' Future at No. 1?

6 Jul, 2001 By: Ed Ochs


It’s frightening how fast Scary Movie 2 follows on the heels of Scary Movie -- and just in time to elbow Spielberg’s A.I. out of the No. 1 slot. If it seems like only last year that Scary Movie burst upon us, that’s because it was last year, now back faster than you can say "TV movie." Also opening this weekend are pet comedy Cats & Dogs and the Jet Li martial arts thriller Kiss of the Dragon.

The Wayan brothers are on the loose again, spoofing anything that moves in movies, as Miramax’s Scary Movie 2 offers more of the same tasteless, rebellious teenage humor that made SM1 a $157 million blockbuster. SM1 opened with $42.3 million. With no other adult comedies vying for eyeballs, and A.I. headed humorlessly into its second weekend, Scary Movie 2, which opened Wednesday, should grab the top spot because it’s a lot funnier than A.I. It also will be interesting to find out how many of those who paid to see Scary 1 –- not quite sure what they were getting into then -– will pay to take the ride again, knowing what they know now.

Film pundits who cry ‘who wants to see another movie about talking animals?’ don’t quite understand how many animal lovers there are out there waiting to buy tickets for Cats & Dogs, which also opened Wednesday. Kids who think Dr. Dolittle is a real doctor and that all animals talk will find Warner Bros.’ family comedy Cats & Dogs, well, a different animal of an animal movie. No, it’s not Paw Wars, though it does toss off some neat special effects, and sure, Dr. Dolittle 2, Atlantis and even Shrek offer plenty of choice for children, but there’s always room for another talking animal movie. Sorry, but my cat told me to write this.

Fox’s action drama Kiss of the Dragon follows Jet Li’s splash in last year’s Romeo Must Die to lock up Li’s status as the biggest martial arts screen star to hit the U.S. in years. Co-starring Bridget Fonda, Kiss of the Dragon also becomes the freshest action film on the street this weekend as The Fast and the Furious and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider lose their grip on moviegoers. Li possesses enormous style and charisma, and he’s hoping that some of the good fortune that lifted Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will rub off on his Kiss of the Dragon this weekend at the box office.

Spielberg’s A.I. futurama will try to hold on to the top spot at the box office for another weekend, but it will be put to the severest test by Scary Movie 2. May the movie with the least artificial intelligence win.


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