Date: 29th January 2001

Wedding Planner Is Best Man At B.O.

Despite the Super Bowl, the box office performed strongly over the weekend, led by Sony/Columbia's Jennifer Lopez-Matthew McConaughey comedy The Wedding Planner, which debuted with an estimated $14 million. Paramount's teen-targeted Save the Last Dance added another $10 million or thereabouts to its savings as it dropped to second place after holding first for two weeks. The only other new movie released wide this weekend, New Line's Sugar and Spice, earned a so-so $6 million. Overall, the top twelve films at the U.S. box office took in about $75.7 million over the weekend, 67 percent above a year ago. "It was just solid business for the pictures that are out there, especially surprising because it's Super Bowl weekend,'' entertainment analyst Art Rockwell told Bloomberg News. "The overall results are very solid."

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations: 1. The Wedding Planner, $14 million; 2. Save the Last Dance, $10 million; 3. Cast Away, $8.93 million; 4. Traffic, $6.48 million; 5. Sugar & Spice, $6.02 million; 6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, $5.07 million; 7 (tie). Snatch, $4.8 million; 7 (tie). Finding Forrester, $4.8 million; 9. What Women Want, $4.3 million; 10. Miss Congeniality, $3.96 million.

Source: Studio Briefing



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