'Rugrats' rules the box office

”Rugrats” crawled its way to the top of the box office this weekend with a surprising $28 million debut. Last week, few industry experts would have predicted Nickelodeon’s ‘toon tots besting ”Enemy of the State,” the action thriller starring Will Smith, which placed second ($20.3 million). With ”The Waterboy” still coming on strong — in its third week of release, Adam Sandler’s film became the November film to hit the $100 million mark fastest — the nation’s theaters are beginning to look like a refuge from summer camp.

All of this bodes well for two more kiddie-skewing flicks opening Thursday for the long Thanksgiving weekend: ”A Bug’s Life” (its studio, Disney, took as a good omen the film’s one-screen take of $291,000 at its preview at Los Angeles’ El Capitan) and ”Babe: Pig in the City.”

Rounding out the weekend’s top 5 releases, ”Meet Joe Black” ($8.64 million) drops to fourth place, and not even Jennifer Love Hewitt could save ”I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” from plummeting 56 percent from its first week with a gross of $7.2 million.

A Bug's Life
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