This week's box office numbers

By EW Staff
Updated August 14, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

As the inevitable end of summer looms, it still feels like Memorial Day at theaters as Saving Private Ryan held its ground at No. 1 in its second week. The World War II drama’s continued advance on multiplexes meant mixed news to the week’s new challengers: While Disney’s remake of its 1961 The Parent Trap attracted the pitter-patter of little feet (and nostalgic folks) to the tune of $11.1 million, the hostage thriller The Negotiator abducted a just-okay $10.2 million, and the Cinderella fable Ever After fell far short of the $18.9 million opening haul for star Drew Barrymore’s last movie, The Wedding Singer. But how’s this for a fairy-tale ending? It looks as if There’s Something About Mary may just be that Hollywood oddity — a movie that breaks the $100 million mark without ever occupying the No. 1 slot.

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