Date: 6th February 2001
The Christian action movie Left Behind, starring former Growing Pains actor Kirk Cameron, from Cloud Ten Pictures and Namesake Entertainment, opened in 17th place with $2.2 million.
The poorly reviewed film (the Los Angeles Daily News critic Glenn Whipp commented that the film "is so awful that even true believers will have difficulty staying awake.") had been watched as a possible indicator of how Christian-themed films, promoted largely among church groups and other religious organizations, might perform at the box office among mainstream audiences. Peter Lalonde, CEO of Cloud Ten told the online entertainment magazine Inside ''The film was sold out in the markets where we had good ground support, but didn't perform as well in some of the other areas."
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. The Wedding Planner, Sony, $10,605,542, ($27,763,988); 2. Valentine, Warner Bros., $10,024,648, (New); 3. Cast Away, 20th Century Fox, $7,469,464, ($203,010,647); 4. Save The Last Dance, Paramount, $7,172,510, ($68,506,814); 5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sony Classics, $6,816,527, ($52,982,874); 6. Traffic, USA, $6,303,110, ($64,784,672); 7. Head Over Heels, Universal, $4,804,595, (New); 8. Finding Forrester, Sony, $4,213,168, ($41,277,446); 9. Snatch, Sony, $4,006,923, ($21,748,080); 10. Chocolat, Miramax, $3,649,243, ($22,409,992).
Source: Studio Briefing