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Men In Black Come Back With Box Office Record

Aliens are proving to be big box office this summer, as MEN IN BLACK II debuts at number one, and LILO AND STITCH breaks the $100M mark after three weeks. MEN IN BLACK II, the sequel to the 1997 blockbuster, has taken in a record-breaking total of $90M since its Wednesday, July 4 debut, knocking last week's number one film MR. DEEDS, to second with $18.8M for the weekend and $74M to date. It looks like Adam Sandler has regained his box office magic after the disappointing LITLE NICKY, which bodes well for his upcoming animated feature Adam Sandler's 8 CRAZY NIGHTS, scheduled to be in theaters December 2002 (check out the trailer here). In third place was the family film LIKE MIKE, which earned $13M over the weekend for a five-day total of $20M. The basketball fantasy knocked LILO & STITCH down to fourth, but the animated comedy still pulled in $12.7M for a cume of $103.1M. MINORITY REPORT, with primary visual effects by ILM, earned $12.4M for fifth place and a total to date of $96.8M. In seventh was SCOOBY DOO, with visual effects by Rhythm & Hues and Warner Bros. Feature Animation, with $7M and a cume of $137.5M. Cartoon Network's first animated feature, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS MOVIE, had a disappointing ninth place debut, earning $3.5M for the weekend for a five-day total of $6.1M. Moving from television to the big screen seems to be a tough transition for animated series, as Nickelodeon's HEY ARNOLD! THE MOVIE dropped all the way to fourteenth place in its second weekend, bringing in just $1.9M for a total of $10.7M. But comic book heroes still seem to pay off, as SPIDER-MAN took in another $2.2M this weekend, pushing the film's total gross just past the $400M mark. Box office information obtained from yahoo.com and boxofficemojo.com.

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