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After The Dust Settles, Leggy Cowboys Is The Top F/X Flick In The US

With early reports having WHAT LIES BENEATH in fifth, once the dust cleared, SPACE COWBOYS showed its legs with a top F/X flick finish at the U.S. box office. With live-action films ruling the top four, COWBOYS, with primary visual effects by ILM, held its ground at #5 with a gross of US$2.52 million, lifting its cume to $82.2 million. The space spaghetti western has remained in the top ten while the #1 film HOLLOW MAN -- of COWBOYS debut weekend has disappeared quickly. THE CELL finished in sixth despite earlier reports placing it a slot lower. The killer thriller, with primary visual effects by Toybox, added $2.45 million to its U.S. cume of $54.99 million. With the Olympic Games making it a lackluster weekend at the U.S. box office, WHAT LIES BENEATH only landed another $2.41 million in seventh. The Harrison Ford fright fest, with primary visual effects by Sony Pictures Imageworks, raised its cume to $145.6 million. Opening on only 131 screens, Cameron Crowes ode to 1970s rock music, ALMOST FAMOUS, debuted with an impressive $2.31 million in eighth place. The coming of age tale, with primary visual effects by Manex and Pacific Digital, will be opening wider in the States September 29. SCARY MOVIE leaped back into the top ten from #34 with a gross of $2.04 million. The slasher send-up, with primary visual effects by Centropolis Effects, has scared up nearly $151.8 million to date. Wedging itself into 14th, NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS rounded up another $1.22 million. The robust romp, with primary visual effects by Double Negative Ltd., has raised $118.5 million thus far. In 16th place, HIGHLANDER: ENDGAME garnered $1.1 million, lifting its 2-week cume to $10.8 million. Other animated and special effects laden films finishing in the top fifty were: THE PERFECT STORM at #21, with a gross of $543,376 and a cume of $179.4 million; GLADIATOR at #22, with a gross of $518,144 and a cume of $185 million; HOLLOW MAN at #23, with a gross of $490,265 and a cume of $72.06 million; X-MEN at #24, with a gross of $476,840 and a cume of $154.7 million; BLESS THE CHILD at #25, with a gross of $469,332 and a cume of $28.13 million; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 at #27, with a gross of $315,667 and a cume of $214.8 million; CHICKEN RUN at #28, with a gross of $276,101 and a cume of $104.9 million; SHAFT at #29, with a gross of $265,165 and a cume of $69.84 million; THE PATRIOT at #32, with a gross of $202,832 and a cume of $112.4 million; T-REX: BACK TO THE CRETACEOUS at #35, with a gross of $174,845 and a cume of $34.38 million; GONE IN 60 SECONDS at #36, with a gross of $170,684 and a cume of $99.49 million; POKEMON THE MOVIE 2000 at #39, with a gross of $135,907 and a cume of $43.49 million; DINOSAUR at #30, with a gross of $107,012 and a cume of $136.3 million; GODZILLA 2000 at #44, with a gross of $88,920 and a cume of $9.74 million; THOMAS AND THE MAGIC RAILROAD at #46, with a gross of $74,315 and a cume of $15.79 million THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE at #48, with a gross of $71,750 and a cume of $25.87 million; and ALIEN ADVENTURE at #49, with a gross of $71,365 and a cume of $2.83 million. Box office reports obtained in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

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