Date: 13th February 2001

It's official Hannibal Is Third Biggest Opener

Final box-office figures Monday upheld box office estimates for Hannibal, confirming that the MGM film had indeed edged out last year's Mission: Impossible as the third-biggest debut ever.

The movie's $58-million take was exceeded only by 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($72 million) and 1999's Star Wars: Episode One: The Phantom Menace ($64.8 million).

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Hannibal, MGM, $58,003,121, (New); 2. The Wedding Planner, Sony, $7,704,284, ($37,918,568); 3. Saving Silverman, Sony, $7,411,852, (New); 4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sony Classics, $5,404,223, ($60,335,388); 5. Cast Away, 20th Century Fox, $5,157,519, ($209,798,303); 6. Save The Last Dance, Paramount, $4,815,748, ($74,515,420); 7. Traffic, USA, $4,432,404, ($70,891,867); 8. Valentine, Warner Bros., $3,826,454, ($15,854,156); 9. O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Disney, $3,095,782, ($21,086,088); 10. Chocolat, Miramax, $3,071,948, ($26,580,585).

Source: Studio Briefing