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									Monday, November 20, 2000                                                                      Laredo Morning Times                                       PAGE 5A

                                     STATE/ENTERTAINMENT

‘Grinch’ stealing
Christmas green
BY DAVID GERMAIN                    know that the Grinch was com-
AP Movie Writer                     ing to town.”
                                      The movie drew strongly from
  LOS ANGELES — The                 all audiences and age groups,
Grinch is having a green            said Nikki Rocco, head of dis-
Christmas.                          tribution for Universal. Playing
  Jim Carrey’s live-action ver-     in 3,127 theaters, “The Grinch”
                                                                                                                                               AP photo
sion of “Dr. Seuss’ How the         averaged a stellar $17,621 a
Grinch Stole Christmas” took in     cinema, compared with $7,839         Read this
a whopping $55.1 million in its     in 2,934 locations for “Rugrats        A sign is shown in Plano, Texas, on Sunday, which is one of several
first three days, according to      in Paris.”                           alternatives to writing tickets that the city police have initiated to try and
studio estimates Sunday.              “You have to credit Ron            prevent traffic-related fatalities. Plano has signs posted at major inter-
  It was a record for a non-        Howard, Brian Grazer and Jim         sections and at several entry points to the city to remind residents to
sequel or prequel, and if the       Carrey for doing what they           obey traffic laws. Plano police say nine out of 13 residents killed this
estimates hold when final num-      did,” Rocco said. “They looked       year in traffic-related accidents were directly related to red light running.
bers are reported Monday, it        to make it a film for all ages,
would be the fifth-best box-        and they have made this a uni-
office debut ever.                  versal, worldwide event film.”
  The animated “Rugrats in            Paramount, which released
Paris: The Movie” opened in         “Rugrats in Paris,” was grati-
second place with $23 million,      fied that the movie did so well
about $4 million less than the      considering the competition.
first “Rugrats” grossed in its        “It proves that even in the
first weekend two years ago.        face of something as gigantic
  “Charlie’s Angels,” the No. 1     as the Grinch, the franchise of
movie the last two weekends,        the Rugrats is as strong as
slipped to third place with         ever,” said Rob Friedman, vice
$13.7 million, pushing its total    chairman of Paramount’s
to $93.6 million.                   motion-picture group.
  Premiering at No. 4 was             Friedman said the studio
Arnold       Schwarzenegger’s       believes the sequel can match
cloning thriller “The 6th Day,”     “Rugrats: The Movie,” which
which grossed $13.2 million.        grossed $100.5 million.
  “Bounce,” a romance starring        In limited release, the critical
Ben Affleck and Gwyneth             favorite “You Can Count On
Paltrow, opened at No. 5 with       Me” continued to do well in its
$11.5 million.                      second weekend. The movie
  The overall box office soared,    expanded to 35 theaters in the
with the top 12 movies gross-       top 10 markets, up from eight
ing $148.3 million, up 42 per-      cinemas,         and      grossed
cent from the same weekend          $320,000 for a $9,143 aver-
last year.                          age.
  Next weekend brings two             Estimated ticket sales for
more       big    films,     “102   Friday through Sunday at
Dalmatians”                   and   North American theaters,
“Unbreakable,” which reunites       according         to     Exhibitor
writer-director      M.     Night   Relations Co. Inc. Final figures
Shyamalan and Bruce Willis,         are to be released Monday.
from the supernatural sensa-          1. “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch
tion “The Sixth Sense.” Many        Stole Christmas,” $55.1 mil-
studio executives and analysts      lion.
expect the holdover films and         2. “Rugrats in Paris: The
new entries to propel the box       Movie,” $23 million.
office to a record Thanksgiving       3. “Charlie’s Angels,” $13.7
weekend topping last year’s         million.
$225.5 million.                       4. “The 6th Day,” $13.2 mil-
  “The Grinch,” directed by Ron     lion.
Howard and produced by Brian          5. “Bounce,” $11.5 million.
Grazer,      received      mixed      6. “Men of Honor,” $8 million.
reviews, with some critics call-      7. “Little Nicky,” $7.7 million.
ing it overblown and uncreative       8. “Meet the Parents,” $6.4
and others praising the elabo-      million.
rate production and Carrey’s          9. “The Legend of Bagger
manic performance as the hol-       Vance,” $2.9 million.
iday boogeyman.                       10. “Red Planet,” $2.7 million.
  Reviews did not matter,
though, considering the built-in
audience of fans who adore
the Dr. Seuss book and TV
cartoon,         said        Paul
Dergarabedian, president of
Exhibitor Relations, which
tracks box office earnings.
Distributor Universal also gen-
erated substantial hype by
blanketing the country with a
Grinch marketing blitz, he
added.
  “This is a family film that was
impervious to any critical
thrashings that it received,”
Dergarabedian said. “The
Grinch      was      everywhere.
Especially if you’re a kid,
there’s no way you could not

								
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