Looks like Super Bowl weekend was better for the TV world than the movie business.
As expected, the big game bit into box office receipts, so much so that only one film was able to break $10 million over the weekend, compared to six last week. That entry was, of course, ”Black Hawk Down,” which dropped a respectable 32 percent to gross another $11.5 million. The total for the war drama now stands at more than $75 million and the film will have no trouble breaking the $100 million mark, especially if it earns some Oscar nominations next week.
Second place again went to the Cuba Gooding Jr. family comedy ”Snow Dogs,” which fell only 24 percent to $9.9 million. Its three-week total is now more than $50 million. The No. 3 film, ”The Count of Monte Cristo,” jumped two notches, earning $9 million, down only 21 percent from its debut last week, while Mandy Moore’s teen romance ”A Walk to Remember” fell 28 percent to land at No. 4 with $8 million. Rounding out the top five was Russell Crowe’s acclaimed biopic ”A Beautiful Mind,” which grossed another $8.5 million and passed the $100 million mark this weekend.
Perhaps all these returning films fared so well because the weekend’s new entries didn’t entice moviegoers at all. The crude youth comedy ”Slackers” barely made the top 10, premiering with only $3 million. And Nicole Kidman’s bizarre mail-order bride love story ”Birthday Girl” could only squeak $2,500 out of each of its 1,000 theaters, for a $2.5 million debut. Looks like Nicole’s fans prefer her when she speaks English.
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