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Used to be that summer was all about wall-to-wall testosterone-fueled action flicks. But this season it looks as if the Lifetime Channel has come to the big screen, as earsplitting blockbusters like Godzilla make way for estrogen-friendly dramas like Hope Floats. Well, kind of. Sandra Bullock’s Southern-fried weepie failed to topple the ragin’ reptile, but it came close with a buoyant $14.2 million opening weekend. That’s especially impressive considering double-X-chromosomed competitors The Horse Whisperer and Titanic remain in the top 10. Elsewhere on the chart, rapper-writer-producer Master P’s I Got the Hook-Up racked up a relatively impressive $5,054 per-site average, while the late Chris Farley’s last starring vehicle, Almost Heroes, belly flopped with $2.8 million in far more theaters. And in a limited run, The Last Days of Disco boogied down to a $12,618 per-theater average.

WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND NO. OF PER-SCREEN IN TO TOP 20 GROSS* SITES[1] AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 GODZILLA TriStar $18.0 3,310 $5,444 2 $99.3 2 HOPE FLOATS 20th Century Fox $14.2 2,367 $6,004 1 $14.2 3 DEEP IMPACT Paramount/DreamWorks $10.1 3,280 $3,073 4 $112.0 4 THE HORSE WHISPERER Touchstone $7.3 2,189 $3,352 3 $43.4 5 BULWORTH 20th Century Fox $4.8 2,051 $2,354 3 $17.5 6 I GOT THE HOOK-UP Dimension $3.3 655 $5,054 1 $4.4 7 ALMOST HEROES Warner Bros. $2.8 2,048 $1,386 1 $2.8 8 QUEST FOR CAMELOT Warner Bros. $2.4 2,449 $962 3 $17.0 9 TITANIC Paramount $1.8 1,562 $1,142 24 $579.4 10 FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS Universal $1.8 1,130 $1,560 2 $7.3 11 CITY OF ANGELS Warner Bros. $1.6 1,548 $1,044 8 $72.8 12 EVEREST IMAX $0.8 47 $17,692 13 $15.9 13 SLIDING DOORS Miramax/Paramount $0.8 515 $1,558 6 $9.1 14 HE GOT GAME Touchstone $0.6 731 $806 5 $20.0 15 THE SPANISH PRISONER Sony Pictures Classics $0.5 283 $1,822 9 $6.7 16 PAULIE DreamWorks $0.5 904 $570 7 $22.9 17 THE WEDDING SINGER New Line $0.4 599 $728 16 $77.5 18 WOO New Line $0.4 451 $923 4 $7.0 19 BLACK DOG Universal $0.4 577 $685 5 $11.7 20 AS GOOD AS IT GETS TriStar $0.3 367 $824 23 $147.0

SOURCE: EXHIBITOR RELATIONS CO. INC. WEEKEND OF MAY 29-31 * WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS[1] INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

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