''The Sixth Sense'' shows no weakness in week three | EW.com


''The Sixth Sense'' shows no weakness in week three

But ''Mickey Blue Eyes'' and ''Teaching Mrs. Tingle'' aren't nearly as strong in their debut weekend

”The Sixth Sense” is the movie that will not die. For the third week in a row it has held on to the top spot at the box office (tying ”The Phantom Menace”’s streak), dropping a measly 6 percent, to take in another estimated $24.1 million, for a to-date gross of $107.7 million. The key to ”Sense”’s success is its surprise ending: Not only is it inciting people to recommend the film to others, but many are going back a second time to see how the director set them up for the final twist.

None of this week’s new releases provided much of a challenge for ”Sense.” ”Mickey Blue Eyes” debuted in third place with $10.4 million, not enough to beat out the $10.7 million take for the reigning comedy, ”Bowfinger,” which held onto second place. ”Runaway Bride” ($9.3 million) and ”The Blair Witch Project” ($7.1 million) finished up the top 5.

Meanwhile, Jean-Claude Van Damme didn’t exactly kick it at the box office, with ”Universal Soldier: The Return” opening in seventh place, with $4.7 million. The biggest loser, however, was ”Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” which showed up in 10th place with only $3.5 million. Perhaps its writer/director, Kevin Williamson of ”Dawson’s Creek” fame, has learned a lesson that high school teachers have known for years: Just because you’re good at talking to the teens doesn’t mean they’ll always listen.