This weekend’s box office story was more of mice than men as that rascally rodent ”Stuart Little” reclaimed the top spot with $16 million. Also proving that two hours at the Cineplex is a fine way to occupy the kids during the holiday break, ”Toy Story 2” took in another $12.1 million to finish fourth and bump its total gross to $208.5 million.
For adults, word-of-mouth worked like candy for some films and sealed the fates of others. ”The Green Mile” and ”Galaxy Quest” both got healthy increases from last week, earning $13.2 million and $9.7 million respectively, up from $8.3 million and $8.1 million. But last week’s No. 1, ”Any Given Sunday,” dropped to third place, pocketing $13.1 million. ”The Talented Mr. Ripley,” which was No. 2 last week, fell to fifth with $12 million. And ”Man on the Moon” slipped four places to No. 9, taking in $5.2 million, which is nearly $3 million less than last week’s gross.
CRITICAL MASS EW Online voters more than approve of the Kaufman biopic, though. In our Critical Mass online poll, voters gave ”Man on the Moon” a B+. Another film getting high marks is ”Galaxy Quest,” which may become the season’s sci-fi sleeper hit, with a B+. Faring even better were ”Toy Story 2” and ”The Green Mile,” each earning an A-. So far there’s no truth to the rumor that Tom Hanks is bribing EW Online voters. You can cast your votes on these and other movies on our Critical Mass Movie Poll.