Charting a New Corpse
What's on the movie charts this week
It’s alive, but for how long? That was the prognosis on the box office birth of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. Taking in $11.2 million, it didn’t fly like Bram Stoker’s Dracula did two Novembers ago ($30 million in its first three days) — and vaunted competitor Interview With the Vampire waits in the wings. Meantime, sci-fi sleeper StarGate may make a bigger killing than either creature feature: Its gross dropped only 25 percent from last week’s No. 1 opening. Kevin Costner scored no such victory with The War, which barely beat Pulp Fiction for third place but could outgun his misfires Wyatt Earp and A Perfect World.