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The Road To El Dorado Swerves To #3

In its second week in theatres, THE ROAD TO EL DORADO has swerved to #3 at the U.S. box office. With new military drama RULES OF ENGAGEMENT and ERIN BROCKOVICH finishing one and two respectively, EL DORADO settled down one spot making US$9.09 million and raising its total pile of gold to $25.1 million. ROMEO MUST DIE dive bombed from fourth to seventh. The Jet Li action flick, with primary special effects by Manex Visual Effects, kicked in another $4.55 million to its cume of $45.8 million. FINAL DESTINATION descended into ninth place. The New Line film grossed $3.84 million bringing its total cash count to $33.9 million. On the weekend which saw AMERICAN BEAUTY take home top honors at the British Academy Awards, the DreamWorks' darling made another $3.35 million bringing its total purse to $121.6 million. MISSION TO MARS, with primary special effects by ILM and Dream Quest Images, fell out of the top ten to land at #12. The Buena Vista release grossed another $1.56 million, bringing its cume to $57 million. With two weeks left in its special Imax engagement, FANTASIA/2000 finished the weekend at #13 making $1.3 million and bringing its cume to $40.2 million. Other special effects laden or animation films finishing in the top thirty were: THE SIXTH SENSE at #20, with a gross of $510,000 and a cume of $292.5 million; THE NINTH GATE at #22, with a gross of $280,000 and a cume of $17.8 million; TOY STORY 2 at #23, with a gross of $230,000 and a cume of $242.9 million; STUART LITTLE at #25, with a gross of $220,000 and a cume of $139.5 million; THE TIGGER MOVIE at #28, with a gross of $170,000 and a cume of $44.1 million; and SNOW DAY at #29, with a gross of $150,000 and a cume of $58.9 million. Box office reports obtained on Lyco's ShowBIZ database.

Read more about the production of THE ROAD TO EL DORADO in J. Paul Peszko's Animation World Magazine article.

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