Movie Article

Losers Take All

Despite some negative reviews, "Rush Hour" and "Urban Legend" are box office hits

This week's box office results suggest that lousy reviews don't matter. "Rush Hour," which averaged just a C+ from EW's "Critical Mass" critics, continued to thrive, sticking at No. 1 with an estimated $21.1 million take and bringing its two-week total to $63.9 million. And the slash-o-rama "Urban Legend" finished at No. 3 with $11 million, even though EW gave it a C-. "Clay Pigeons," the Vince Vaughn-Janeane Garofalo comedy noir that EW graded a D, had a very limited release (in only 19 theaters) but averaged $8,724 per screen, better than "Rush Hour"'s $7,983 average.

Finishing at No. 2 was Robert De Niro's "Ronin" (EW gave the film a mediocre B-). "Ronin" grossed $13 million, pleasing its studio, MGM, which is badly in need of a hit. (Its last two releases were the bombs "Dirty Work" and "Disturbing Behavior.") MGM execs believe "Ronin" should have a profitable run because there isn't a competing action picture due until Kurt Russell's "Soldier" on October 23.

Originally posted Sep 28, 1998