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THREE OF A KIND

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Want a preview of February’s Academy Award nominations? Just check out the top three movies. The timing couldn’t be better for Titanic, Good Will Hunting, and As Good as It Gets, which led off the weekend’s box office rankings — just as nomination ballots were arriving in the mailboxes of the Academy’s members. Titanic, of course, has ruled the seas since its Dec. 19 release, and handicappers now expect it to cruise to $300 million by Oscar night (March 23); As Good as It Gets, though a far more modest hit, has also demonstrated real staying power, falling just 26 percent from its previous weekend. Laurels have to go to Good Will Hunting, which vaulted from No. 14 to No. 2 in its first weekend of wide release — thereby positioning its novice writer/actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for a run at the Oscar gold. NO. WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND OF PER-SCREEN IN TO TOP 20 GROSS* SCREENS AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 TITANIC Paramount $28.7 2,746 $10,458 4 $197.9 2 GOOD WILL HUNTING Miramax $10.3 1,787 $5,742 6 $19.0 3 AS GOOD AS IT GETS TriStar $9.0 1,632 $5,523 3 $54.0 4 WAG THE DOG New Line $7.8 1,665 $4,672 3 $9.7 5 TOMORROW NEVER DIES MGM/UA $7.5 2,807 $2,685 4 $103.4 6 MOUSE HUNT DreamWorks $4.6 2,233 $2,061 4 $45.8 7 FIRESTORM 20th Century Fox $3.8 2,037 $1,890 1 $3.8 8 JACKIE BROWN Miramax $3.7 1,642 $2,276 3 $33.4 9 SCREAM 2 Dimension $3.6 2,332 $1,536 5 $90.8 10 AMISTAD DreamWorks $2.7 773 $3,477 5 $30.8 11 AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN $2.1 1,659 $1,274 3 $23.4 PARIS Hollywood 12 FLUBBER Walt Disney $2.0 1,624 $1,225 7 $85.6 13 THE BOXER Universal $1.8 464 $3,790 2 $1.9 14 MR. MAGOO Walt Disney $1.7 1,706 $1,025 3 $17.9 15 FOR RICHER OR POORER $1.5 1,359 $1,100 5 $26.6 Universal 16 HOME ALONE 3 20th Century Fox $1.4 1,431 $1,011 5 $26.2 17 DECONSTRUCTING HARRY $1.2 445 $2,635 5 $6.7 Fine Line 18 THE POSTMAN Warner Bros. $1.1 1,722 $655 3 $16.5 19 ANASTASIA 20th Century Fox $0.9 958 $892 9 $54.2 20 L.A. CONFIDENTIAL Warner Bros. $0.5 304 $1,773 17 $39.0

SOURCE: EXHIBITOR RELATIONS CO. INC. WEEKEND OF JAN. 9-11 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

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