Date: 25th September 2000

Horror Flicks Possess Box Office

Seeming to suggest that moviegoers can't get their fill of scary movies, two of them took possession of the top spots on the weekend box-office rankings and two others made strong showings as well, according to estimates released by Exhibitor Relations Sunday.

Sony's Urban Legends: Final Cut, which earned $8.8 million, edged out Warner's reissue of the 1973 classic The Exorcist, which took in $8.5 million (at only 664 theaters). "Horror is a tried-and-true genre,'' Exhibitor Relations chief Paul Dergarabedian told the Associated Press Sunday. Referring to the two winners, Dergarabedian remarked ''One was just from the old school and the other, new school.'' (Other horror films making the top ten included The Watcher in fifth place with $3.6 million and What Lies Beneath, tied for eighth in the estimates with $2.2 million.)

Also performing strongly was DreamWorks' Almost Famous which garnered $7 million at just 1,193 theaters. Fox Searchlight's Woman on Top wound up on the bottom of the top-ten list as it opened with $1.9 million.

Source: Studio Briefing