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Titan A.E. & Fantasia Feel The Shaft

With the remake of the blaxplotation classic SHAFT reigning at the U.S. box office, Foxs new animated feature TITAN A.E. and the wide 35mm release of FANTASIA/2000 felt the weight of Hollywood star power. Paramounts SHAFT, starring Samuel L. Jackson, became the big man at the box office with an opening weekend gross of US$21.71 million. The bad mother moved Buena Vistas GONE IN 60 SECONDS down to second. The Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie-vehicle, with primary visual effects by Asylum Visual Effects and Disneys Secret Lab, raced to another $14.9, bringing its total loot to $52.07 million. With Martin Lawrences BIG MOMMAS HOUSE holding on at #3, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2, with primary visual effects by Pacific Data Images, Double Negative Ltd. and CFC, slipped two spots to number four. The Tom Cruise-starrer racked up $11.36 million; raising its U.S. cume to $176.6, and putting it on pace to top the final cume of the original MISSION sometime this week. Despite great reviews, TITAN A.E by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman finished in a disappointing 5th place. The space spectacle made $9.38 million. Foxs last feature ANASTASIA opened with a gross of $14.1 million and its final cume was $58.4 million. DINOSAUR dropped to seventh grossing $5.86 million, raising its cume to $120.5 million. With its low-end price tag of $200 million, Disneys DINO might have to count on international box office receipts to see a profit. Slipping into the 8th slot, GLADIATOR, with primary visual effects by Mill Film Ltd., reportedly added another $5.36 million to its $159 million U.S. run. Finally, Disneys attempt at counter programming TITAN fell short with FANTASIA/2000 finishing in 11th place. The animated opera grossed an estimated $2.91 million, raising its total cume thus far to roughly $52.46 million. New Lines FREQUENCY fell from #8 to 13th place. The time-twisting tearjerker landed another $879,702, bringing its cume to $41.71 million. Sinking to the 14th spot, Universal's U-571 salvaged another $688,025 million, raising its cume to $74.15 million. THE FLINTSTONES VIVA ROCK VEGAS, with primary visual effects by Cinesite, slipped to #16 with a gross of $393,370, advancing its cume to $32.76 million. 20th Century Foxs WHERE THE HEART IS, with primary visual effects by Cinesite, finished at #18 with a gross of $329,996, raising its U.S. cume of $31.98 million. MISSION TO MARS, with primary special effects by ILM and Dream Quest Images, had a resurgence at U.S. theatres coming in at #19. With a box office receipt increase of 199%, the space spectacle landed $239,808, bringing its cume to $60.28 million. Other animated and special effects laden films finishing in the top fifty were: T-REX: BACK TO THE CRETACEOUS at #25, with a gross of $158,608 and a cume of $30.62 million; THE TIGGER MOVIE at #36, with a gross of $90,551 and a cume of $45.16 million; THE ROAD TO EL DORADO at #42, with a gross of $79,013 and a cume of $50.64 million; ALIEN ADVENTURE at #45, with a gross of $70,746 and a cume of $1.3 million; FINAL DESTINATION at #48, with a gross of $60,986 and a cume of $51.99 million; TOY STORY 2 at #49, with a gross of $60,433 and a cume of $245.5 million; and SNOW DAY at #50, with a gross of $59,588 and a cume of $59.85 million. Box office reports obtained in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

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