Date: 23rd January 2001

Save First Place For Last Dance

Continuing to show surprising strength, the low-budget ($13 million) Save the Last Dance remained the No. 1 movie domestically for the second straight weekend, earning $15.4 million, according to a final studio count released Monday by Exhibitor Relations.

Fox's Cast Away, starring Tom Hanks, remained in second place with $11.2 million, to bring its total after five weeks to $182 million. (The film will no doubt be helped next week by Hanks' Golden Globe win Sunday night.) Remaining in third place was Steven Soderbergh's drug drama Traffic with $8.5 million. The top 12 films together earned $90.4 million, up 54 percent from the same weekend a year ago.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Save the Last Dance, Paramount, $15,366,047, ($46,238,231); 2. Cast Away, 20th Century Fox, $11,151,419, ($181,970,406); 3. Traffic, USA, $8506626, ($46,962,094); 4. Snatch, Sony, $8,005,163, (New); 5. What Women Want, Paramount, $6,853,415, ($162,242,652); 6. Finding Forrester, Sony, $6714733, ($29,201,113); 7. Miss Congeniality, Warner Bros., $6,276,796, ($87,322,025); 8. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sony Classics, $6,080,357, ($37,287,527); 9. 13 Days, New Line, $6,037,680, ($19,672,295); 10. Double Take, Disney, $5,787,819, ($18,858,652).

Source: Studio Briefing



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