WEEKEND BOXOFFICE REPORT: Travolta's 'Swordfish' Outguns 'Shrek' for No. 1; 'Pearl Harbor' Sinks to No. 311 Jun, 2001 By: Ed Ochs
With the box office spread among equals on a playing field leveled by weeks out on screen for the big titles, Warner Bros.' Swordfishsunk Pearl Harbor to hack the top spot with an estimated $18.4 million, the smallest gross for a June No. 1 movie since 1997'sSpeed 2.
The Matrix-style clone not only returns John Travoltato No. 1 after scraping the barrel bottom last year with Battlefield Earthand Lucky Numbers, but Warner Bros.' R-rated techno-thriller turns out to be his third-highest debut ever after Face/Off and The General's Daughter.
Maintaining its stranglehold on No. 2, DreamWorks' amazing Shrek tacked on an estimated $17.1 to push its four-week total to $177.6 million. Meanwhile, Pearl Harbor, sinking fast, fell to No. 3 with an estimated $14.9 million in its third week, bringing its 17-day total to $144.1 millionand threatening to fall short of $200 million domestically.
DreamWorks/Sony's PG-13 sci-fi laugher Evolution, starring David Duchovny, clocked in at No. 4 with an estimated $13.2 million, not bad for the comic undoing of Fox Mulder.
Sony's Rob Schneider springboard The Animal sniffed out an estimated $9.8 million as it begins its decline, while Fox's Moulin Rouge in itssecond weekend swept up an estimated $7.6 million for Nicole Kidman.
Lost in the shuffle, MGM's Martin Lawrence-Danny DeVito comedy What's the Worst That Could Happen? took the biggest plunge in the top 10, squeaking out anestimated $5.4 million on its way out of town.
Bowing for buzz-building in a theater each in New York and LA, Disney struck a chord with its new animated fantasy adventure Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The PG-13 film opens Friday opposite Paramount's videogame-to-big-screen flick Tomb Raider.
Fine Line's The Anniversary Party, starring Gwenyth Paltrow, Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, also opened well in New York and LA, expanding to about 100 theaters on June 22.
Tumbling out of the top 10: Warner Bros.' Jennifer Lopez fizzler Angel Eyes ($23 million total) and Newmarket Films' well-received indie chiller Momento ($17.2 million total).