Gladiator Works As Dream Maker At US BO

Slaying the competition at the U.S. box office, DreamWorks' GLADIATOR easily finished in the top spot. The Roman action epic, with primary special effects by Mill Film Ltd., grossed a Goliath US$34.82 million, which is nearly the combined gross of the rest of the top ten films. GLADIATOR dethroned two-week box office champ U-571, which fell to second. The Universal World War II submarine story grossed another $7.77 million bringing its total theatre receipts to $49.59 million. Despite horrid reviews from about every source, THE FLINTSTONES VIVA ROCK VEGAS managed to finish in third place. The FLINTSTONES prequel grossed out parents to the tune of $6.64 million, which raised its cume to $18.64 million. New Lines tear-jerking time twister FREQUENCY finished at 4th, grossing $6.51 million and bringing its total to $17.85 million. New Lines FINAL DESTINATION finished the weekend in 12th place with a gross of $1.63 million bringing its cume to $48.16 million. DreamWorks' THE ROAD TO EL DORADO, while dreaming of better days on video, slipped to #14. The travel toon grossed $907,993 raising its cume to $47.77 million. ROMEO MUST DIE, with primary special effects by Manex Visual Effects, stayed steady at #18 with a gross of $447,176 and bringing its cume to $54.38 million. Finishing out the top twenty was AMERICAN BEAUTY. The Oscar-winning best picture tallied another $429,026, bringing its cume to $128.8 million. USA Films' PITCH BLACK made its way back into the top fifty by grossing $187,607. The ALIENS wanna-be, with primary visual effects by Double Negative Ltd. and The Chandler Group, increased its cume to $38.69 million. The toon titan TOY STORY 2 came in at #27, down three places from last week. The second highest grossing animated film in history grossed another $162,970 in the States bringing its U.S. total to $244.6 million. Other special effects laden films finishing in the top fifty were: T-REX: BACK TO THE CRETACEOUS at #30, with a gross of $127,850 and a cume of $28.93 million; THE NINTH GATE at #33, with a gross of $101,262 and a cume of $18.53 million; MISSION TO MARS at #43, with a gross of $66,163 and a cume of $59.16 million; ALIEN ADVENTURE at #45, with a gross of $64,461 and a cume of $0.68 million; and THE GREEN MILE at #47, with a gross of $61,962 and a cume of $136.7 million. Box office reports obtained in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

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