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The Not-So-Big 'Chill'

This week’s box office numbers

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It’s the movie that wouldn’t die. In week 5, The Sixth Sense broke the $20 million mark again (the only movie besides Titanic to do so), squashing The Fugitive‘s previous Labor Day-weekend record of $17.2 million in 1993. And while Runaway Bride and The Thomas Crown Affair each bumped up a notch, the week’s two new wide releases got a chilly reception. Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Wednesday opener Chill Factor had a $6.7 million six-day total that couldn’t approach the $10.4 million three-day debut of his previous release, Instinct. But at least he can take comfort knowing that unlike his other 1999 starring vehicle, A Murder of Crows, the movie didn’t go straight to video. And no misleading promises of There’s Something About Mary-style outrageousness could put the Farrelly-scripted Outside Providence inside the top 10.

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