Date: 18th June 2001

Lara Croft Raids Box Office

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)

Source: WENN



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