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TOPPED BY AN ANGEL

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John Travolta’s celestial comedy Michael hung on to the top slot for a second week, nosing out Jerry Maguire by just $114,781. But as if to prove there’s not that much distance between heaven and hell, Scream, the season’s demonic surprise hit, vaulted into third by doing 10 percent more business than in the previous weekend. Coming weeks will test the heartland appeal of Oscar contenders that opened in limited runs at Christmas: Evita, which posted a whopping $48,394 per screen in 22 theaters, and The People vs. Larry Flynt, which earned $37,356 per screen in its 16 engagements.

TOP 20

WEEKEND GROSS WEEKS IN GROSS* TO DATE RELEASE

1 $12.1 MICHAEL New Line, John Travolta $52.7 2 2 $12.0 JERRY MAGUIRE TriStar, Tom Cruise $83.0 4 3 $10.0 SCREAM Dimension, Neve Campbell $39.1 3 4 $7.3 101 DALMATIANS Walt Disney, Glenn Close $121.8 6 5 $6.2 ONE FINE DAY 20th Century Fox, Michelle Pfeiffer $32.2 3 6 $5.8 BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA Paramount, Animated $54.1 3 7 $5.0 GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI Castle Rock, Alec Baldwin $5.8 3 8 $4.9 THE PREACHER’S WIFE Touchstone, Denzel Washington $38.7 4 9 $3.4 MARS ATTACKS! Warner Bros., Jack Nicholson $33.8 4 10 $3.3 MY FELLOW AMERICANS Warner Bros., Jack Lemmon $18.0 3 11 $2.7 THE ENGLISH PATIENT Miramax, Ralph Fiennes $28.0 8 12 $2.3 THE EVENING STAR Paramount, Shirley MacLaine $10.1 2 13 $2.2 RANSOM Touchstone, Mel Gibson $129.1 9 14 $1.8 DAYLIGHT Universal, Sylvester Stallone $29.1 5 15 $1.8 STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT Paramount, Patrick Stewart $89.1 7 16 $1.6 SHINE Fine Line, Geoffrey Rush $6.7 7 17 $1.6 JINGLE ALL THE WAY 20th Century Fox, Arnold Schwarzenegger $57.2 7 18 $1.4 SPACE JAM Warner Bros., Michael Jordan $85.4 8 19 $1.3 THE CRUCIBLE 20th Century Fox, Daniel Day-Lewis $4.7 6 20 $1.1 EVITA Hollywood/Cinergi, Madonna $2.2 2

TOP 10 / PER SCREEN

WEEKEND NO. OF PER-SCREEN SCREENS AVERAGE [**] [***]

1 $48,394 EVITA Hollywood/Cinergi 22 2 $7,798 SHINE Fine Line 207 3 $5,766 SCREAM Dimension 1,737 4 $5,569 MICHAEL New Line 2,181 5 $4,753 JERRY MAGUIRE TriStar 2,531 6 $4,695 THE ENGLISH PATIENT Miramax 582 7 $3,956 GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI Castle Rock 1,268 8 $3,835 THE CRUCIBLE 20th Century Fox 344 9 $3,160 ONE FINE DAY 20th Century Fox 1,968 10 $2,717 101 DALMATIANS Walt Disney 2,702