Keanu Reeves leaves '10 Things I Hate About You' and Steve Martin in the dust

By Josh Wolk
April 05, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

The great box office drought has finally ended, thanks to the eye-catching special effects of ”The Matrix.” The Keanu Reeves CGI-a-go-go pulled in an estimated $27.2 million over the three-day weekend (for a total of $37.7 million since it opened on Wednesday), vaporizing the previous Easter record set in 1993 by ”Indecent Proposal” ($18.4 million), not to mention qualifying as the highest April opening ever.

The white-hot flashes from the explosions in ”The Matrix” eclipsed everything else at the box office; the gap between ”The Matrix” and the other new films was nearly $20 million. The teen Shakespeare update ”10 Things I Hate About You” landed in second place with $8.7 million, and ”The Out-of-Towners” came in third with $8.1 million. Meanwhile, holdovers ”Analyze This” and ”Forces of Nature” continue to cling to the top 5, tying with $6.3 million. ”The Mod Squad,” however, continues to plummet, placing tenth in its second weekend with only $2.4 million. Perhaps they should have called it ”The Bomb Squad.”

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