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IT'S JUST 'SCARY'

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Where there’s a will, there’s a Wayans. Four short years ago, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood hit the rental shelves at a ghetto-unfabulous No. 13. Several tepidly received Wayans vehicles later, Scary Movie (with a little push-up from Carmen Electra) is cutting up serious competition like Nutty Professor II: The Klumps and Gone in 60 Seconds. Meanwhile, in another part of the hood, Shaft got shafted with a so-so No. 3 bow.

TAPE RENTALS

LAST GROSS TO WEEKS ON EW VIDEO WEEK DATE CHART GRADE 1 — SCARY MOVIE Marlon Wayans $157.0 1 C+ 2 1 GONE IN 60 SECONDS Nicolas Cage $101.7 2 D 3 — SHAFT Samuel L. Jackson $70.3 1 C+ 4 2 NUTTY PROFESSOR II… Eddie Murphy $123.2 2 C- 5 3 GLADIATOR Russell Crowe $186.6 4 A 6 5 THE PERFECT STORM George Clooney $182.5 5 C 7 4 THE REPLACEMENTS Keanu Reeves $44.7 3 C 8 6 BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE Martin Lawrence $117.5 5 D+ 9 7 X-MEN Patrick Stewart $157.3 4 C+ 10 9 THE PATRIOT Mel Gibson $113.3 8 C+ 11 8 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 Tom Cruise $215.4 6 B+ 12 10 CHICKEN RUN Animated $106.8 4 A- 13 11 FREQUENCY Dennis Quaid $45.0 7 B 14 — THE ROAD TO EL DORADO Animated $50.9 1 C 15 12 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT Samuel L. Jackson $61.3 10 C- 16 13 U-571 Matthew McConaughey $77.1 11 B+ 17 14 28 DAYS Sandra Bullock $37.1 13 C 18 15 SHANGHAI NOON Jackie Chan $56.9 10 B+ 19 18 KEEPING THE FAITH Edward Norton $37.0 9 B- 20 17 FINAL DESTINATION Devon Sawa $53.3 12 B

SOURCE: VIDEO BUSINESS FOR THE WEEK ENDING DEC. 17, 2000 BOX OFFICE GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS. SOURCE: ACNIELSEN EDI, INC., AND EXHIBITOR RELATIONS CO. INC.