Date: 16th January 2001

Last Is First At Holiday Box Office

The four-day Martin Luther King holiday produced a total take of about $155 million at the box office, making it the third best four-day weekend in history --exceeded only by Memorial Day 2000 and this year's New Year's, according to estimates released by Exhibitor Relations Monday. The surprise champ, Save the Last Dance from MTV/Paramount, traipsed off with $27.2 million, far surpassing the previous record-holder, 1999's Varsity Blues, which grossed $17.5 million. The top ten films for the four-day holiday weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations: 1. Save the Last Dance, $27.2 million; 2. Cast Away, $19.2 million; 3. Traffic, $13.3 million; 4. What Women Want, $11.9 million; 5. Double Take, $11.5 million. 6. Thirteen Days, $11.3 million; 7. (tie) Finding Forrester, $11.3 million ; 8. Miss Congeniality, $10.5 million; 9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, $10.3 million; 10. The Emperor's New Groove, $7.5 million

Source: Studio Briefing