''Double Jeopardy'' is tops at the box office | EW.com


''Double Jeopardy'' is tops at the box office

But ''Jakob the Liar'' and ''Mumford'' don't fare nearly as well

Being told the central plot twist in the ads didn’t stop audiences from running to ”Double Jeopardy”: The Ashley Judd/Tommy Lee Jones thriller handily took the top spot with an estimated $23.7 million in its opening weekend. But that was the only good news for new releases.

Life wasn’t beautiful for Robin Williams, whose Holocaust drama ”Jakob the Liar” debuted at No. 8 with a meager $2.2 million. (And to add insult to Williams’ injury, ”Mrs. Doubtfire” was bumped off the Top-20-grossers-of-all-time list by ”Sixth Sense,” which hit $225.1 million this weekend and took the cross-dressing comedy’s place at No. 20.) But at least ”Jakob” beat out ”Mumford,” which limped out of the gate with only $2.0 million, landing in ninth place despite overwhelmingly favorable reviews.

For the second week in a row, however, there’s been a surprising success brewing underneath the high-profile movies. ”American Beauty” extended its limited release to 429 theaters last weekend, which was enough to earn it $6 million and land it in fifth place. (After ”Blue Streak” – $13.2 million, ”The Sixth Sense” – $8.5 million, and ”For Love of the Game” – $6.6 million.)

Considering that all the films that ranked above it were playing at more than 2,500 theaters, ”Beauty” is a good bet to hit the No. 1 spot when it too goes wide on Friday.