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WEEKEND BOXOFFICE REPORT: 'Spy Kids' Three-peats; 'Spider' Holds No. 2; 'Bridget Jones' Leads Debuts

16 Apr, 2001 By: Hive News

Once again, Spy Kids and Along Came a Spider have paired up to finish No. 1 and No. 2 against some nervous competition that cracked like faux eggs under the pressure of Easter.

Durable Spy Kids refused to give up the top spot for Easter, claiming anestimated $12.8 million over the holiday weekend for a dashing 17-day total of$68.6 million. Miramax’s PG-rated action fantasy strutted its special effects edgefor the third straight week, acting like a blockbuster in the making as it aims for the $100 million runway.

Paramount’s tenacious Along Came a Spider grabbed an estimated $11.3 million to lay down beside Spy Kids at No. 2 for the second week in a row. The Morgan Freeman thriller has grossed $33.7 million in 10 days, and while it’s nothing particular new, the audience’s craving for a solid suspense yarn hasgiven Spider eight legs.

Pacing the debuts at No. 3 was Bridget Jones’s Diary with an estimated$10.8 million, giving Miramax -– also boasting Spy Kids -- two thirds of the top three. Starring Renee Zellweger as a single girl in London, and Hugh Grant, the R-rated romantic comedy is enjoying good casting and a built-in audience familiar with thebest-selling book by Helen Fielding.

Bumping into No. 4, David Spade’s no-brains comedy Joe Dirt opened mildly with an estimated $8.2 million over the weekendand about $11.1 million in the five days since the Wednesday bow of the loonyPG-13 release.

New Line’s R-rated Johnny Depp drug odyssey Blow dipped to No. 4 with an estimated $8 million, for a 10-day total of $25.9 million. It remains to be seenwhat kind of staying power it will have, given the media’s impatience with suchblantant glamorization of drug culture.

Opening at No. 6, Fox Searchlight’s PG-rated Kingdom Come, starringWhoopi Goldberg, LL Cool J, and Jada Pinkett-Smith, grossed $7.5 million ($9.5 million in five days), and enjoyed the best per-theater average in the top 10. The low-budget drama built around a family dealing with the death of the father, unites interesting cast and subject matter to entice adult audiences on Easter weekend.

Universal/MGM’s Josie and the Pussycats rock’n’girl fantasy tripped up at No. 7 with an estimated $5.2 ($7.2 million since its Wednesday debut), definitely on the low end of what reasonably might have been expected. Maybe the audience sniffed a fashion/formula set-up, or Easter just wasn’t the right launch date for the PG-13live-action cartoon, but Josie and the Pussycats got their tails stepped on.

Rounding out the top 10 were Pokemon 3 ($13 million total to date), Someone Like You ($22.3 million total), Enemy at the Gates ($43.1 million) and Heartbreakers ($34.4 million total).

Tumbling out of the top 10: Sony Classics’ legendary Crounching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ($120.6 million total to date); Sony’s The Brothers ($24.7 million total); Sony/Revolution’s Tomcats ($12.8 million total).

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