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LIVE AND LET SPY

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Titanic is floating so far above the competition — having sucked up more than $157 million in just 17 days — that the story of the sinking ocean liner is performing more like a soaring rocket ship. And though James Bond’s 18th adventure, Tomorrow Never Dies, had to settle for runner-up status over the holiday season, it’s no box office slouch. In fact, it grabbed $92.4 million by the end of its third weekend, proving an even bigger draw than Pierce Brosnan’s first 007 outing, 1995’s GoldenEye, which earned $70 million at the same point in its run. A few daring moviegoers have ventured away from the blockbusters to sample the specialty films in limited release: Kundun, Martin Scorsese’s Dalai Lama biopic, managed to pull in $33,380 per screen in just two theaters, while the IRA drama The Boxer bowed to $28,699 per screen in just three theaters.

WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND NO. OF PER-SCREEN IN TO TOP 20 GROSS* SCREENS AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 TITANIC Paramount $33.3 2,727 $12,217 3 $157.5 2 TOMORROW NEVER DIES $13.8 2,807 $4,916 3 $92.4 MGM/UA 3 AS GOOD AS IT GETS $12.2 1,579 $7,738 2 $40.7 TriStar 4 MOUSE HUNT DreamWorks $8.4 2,213 $3,804 3 $40.0 5 SCREAM 2 Dimension $7.3 2,688 $2,710 4 $85.5 6 JACKIE BROWN Miramax $7.3 1,629 $4,460 2 $27.2 7 AMISTAD DreamWorks $4.5 726 $6,167 4 $26.7 8 AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF $4.4 1,731 $2,566 2 $20.1 IN PARIS Hollywood 9 FLUBBER Walt Disney $4.4 1,957 $2,250 6 $83.1 10 MR. MAGOO Walt Disney $4.1 1,857 $2,210 2 $15.6 11 HOME ALONE 3 $3.8 2,106 $1,818 4 $24.3 20th Century Fox 12 THE POSTMAN $3.5 2,207 $1,601 2 $14.3 Warner Bros. 13 FOR RICHER OR POORER $3.1 1,954 $1,600 4 $24.5 Universal 14 GOOD WILL HUNTING $2.3 164 $14,259 5 $7.5 Miramax 15 ANASTASIA $2.1 1,549 $1,372 8 $53.0 20th Century Fox 16 DECONSTRUCTING HARRY $2.1 443 $4,700 4 $4.9 Fine Line 17 WAG THE DOG New Line $1.2 69 $17,322 2 $1.4 18 L.A. CONFIDENTIAL $0.6 302 $1,914 16 $38.3 Warner Bros. 19 JOHN GRISHAM’S $0.6 827 $697 7 $44.4 THE RAINMAKER Paramount 20 MIDNIGHT IN THE $0.5 556 $888 7 $23.6 GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL Warner Bros. SOURCE: EXHIBITOR RELATIONS CO. INC. WEEKEND OF JAN. 2-4 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS