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Third Week Atop The US BO For Cast Away

With little new flavor in the U.S. box office this past weekend, CAST AWAY remained on top for a third straight week, with a gross of US$22.22 million. The volleyball friendly film, with primary visual effects by Sony Pictures Imageworks, has collected $141.7 million thus far. Slipping only a slot, THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE palled around in sixth, grossing $7.46 million. The llama loving buddy flick has drummed up $62.4 million to date. Keeping its grip on seventh place, VERTICAL LIMIT landed another $5.01 million. The avalanche adventure, with primary visual effects by Anohana Production Management and Technology LLC, has rescued $59.28 million. Holding steady in eighth, DRACULA 2000 seduced an additional $4.31 million. The modern-take on the horror classic, with primary visual effects by Centropolis Effects, has transformed tickets to dollars to the tune of $28.14 million. Once again finishing off the top ten CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON brought in $2.8 million. The high-flying fantasy, with primary visual effects by Centropolis Effects, has floated in $14.27 million. CROUCHING TIGER is setting box office records left and right. TIGER is screening on 138 screens, pulling down $20,309 per screen, compared to CAST AWAY on 2,948 screens with a per screen average of only $7,538. With the holidays over, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS has dropped out of the top to place 11th, grossing $2.5 million. The biggest hit of 2000, with primary visual effects by Digital Domain, has pilfered $257.8 million. At #14, 102 DALMATIANS barked up another $1.63 million. The puppy-poaching sequel, with primary visual effects by The Secret Lab, has rounded up $61.18 million to date. UNBREAKABLE slipped one spot to finish in 17th place, grossing $1.3 million. The origin of Poncho Man, with primary visual effects by The Secret Lab and TSL, has rescued $92.01 million. Moving from 15th to 19th place, RUGRATS IN PARIS has waddled in with an additional $1.06 million. The mommy finding adventure, produced by Klasky Csupo, has racked up $73.07 million so far. Other animated and special effects laden films finishing in the top fifty were: DUNGEONS & DRAGONS at #26, with a gross of $300,198 and a cume of $14.81 million; CHARLIE'S ANGELS at #28, with a gross of $260,364 and a cume of $123.2 million; CYBERWORLD 3D at #32, with a gross of $157,364 and a cume of $4.63 million; LITTLE NICKY at #33, with a gross of $129,884 and a cume of $39.03 million; SPACE COWBOYS at #34, with a gross of $120,896 and a cume of $90.36 million; RED PLANET at #35, with a gross of $97,912 and a cume of $17.4 million; THE 6TH DAY at #36, with a gross of $95,575 and a cume of $34.47 million; and T-REX: BACK TO THE CRETACEOUS at #45, with a gross of $51,384 and a cume of $35.69 million. Box office figures were obtained at HollywoodReporter.com.

Find out more about the creation of THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE straight from director Mark Dindal in Animation World Magazine.

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