At the box office, only ”The Sixth Sense” was working on Labor Day. With an estimated $28.5 million take from Friday to Monday, the Bruce Willis flick was only the second movie in history (after record hog ”Titanic”) to rake in more than $20 million for five consecutive weekends. And it’s only getting more popular with time: ”Sense”’s three-day take (Friday to Sunday) was $23.1 million, which was actually a 15 percent rise from the previous weekend’s take. The film has taken in $175.5 million so far, and Buena Vista estimates it will top out at $250 million, which is a figure that will no doubt be happily recalibrated upward should the need arise.
Meanwhile, all the other movies’ only hope was that somebody heading to ”Sense” would accidentally walk into the wrong theater. The rest of the top 5 films combined made only $1.6 million more than ”Sense” did alone. The runners-up were ”Runaway Bride” ($8.6 million), ”The 13th Warrior” ($8.4 million), ”Bowfinger” ($7 million), and ”The Thomas Crown Affair” ($6.1 million).
Two new films opened, but barely anyone noticed. ”Chill Factor” got an extremely frigid reaction, landing in sixth with $5.7 million despite the ”Look at me!” screaming of Cuba Gooding Jr. And the Farrelly brothers’ ”Outside Providence” was nothing like last August’s ”There’s Something About Mary”: Their new comedy came in 11th with $3.2 million. THAT’LL teach ’em to write a coming-of-age flick that doesn’t involve dog feces.