Date: 18th June 2001
LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER (2001) has shot to the top of America's box office charts - despite a string of negative reviews.
ANGELINA JOLIE's star turn as a the curvaceous video game icon helped the flick take a healthy $48. 2 million (£34. 4 million) at the box office to debut at number one yesterday (17JUN01).
The figures made Tomb Raider's opening the best-ever for a film based on a video game.
PARAMOUNT is also claiming that the butt- kicking action-adventure established a record as the top female star-driven vehicle.
The film also solidifies Jolie as a legitimate box-office draw. Tomb Raider (2001)'s business was nearly double the $24. 3 million (£17. 3 million) opening weekend for last year's (00) GONE IN 60 Seconds (2000), in which the Oscar-winning actress co-starred with NICOLAS CAGE.
The weekend's other wide release, DISNEY's ATLANTIS (2001): THE LOST EMPIRE, surfaced with a respectable $20. 4 million (£14. 5 million), with another animated movie, SHREK (2001), in third place. (MCM/WNWR)