The Ashley Judd thriller remains in first for the third week in a row

By Josh Wolk
October 11, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

In the battle of action versus romance at the box office, love took second place. ”Double Jeopardy” held on to the top spot for the third weekend in a row with $13.5 million (for a total of $65.8 million), while ”Random Hearts” had to settle for runner-up with $13 million. But even this high a debut for ”Hearts” was a surprise, considering the nearly unanimous reviews declaring it brain-numbingly dull. In our ongoing online Critical Mass poll, EW readers agreed, giving the Harrison Ford love story a C+, and 45 percent said it was worse than they expected, so ”Hearts” may not be bleeding in the top 10 for long.

Of course, no one ever said you needed good reviews to rake in a few million dollars. Take ”Superstar,” for instance: All it took was a few armpit sniffs and a bunch of pratfalls to earn $8.9 million for this latest ”SNL” debacle, putting it in fifth place behind ”Three Kings” ($12 million) and ”American Beauty” ($9.5 million).

The critics did have some films to cheer about, although they were all in limited release. Steven Soderbergh’s ”The Limey” took in $187,122 in 17 theaters, and the raved-about ”Boys Don’t Cry” grabbed $73,720 in two. This made for tremendous per-screen averages of $11,007 and $36,860, respectively, which will encourage their studios to start opening them wider. So you should soon have more satisfying viewing options than Mary Katherine Gallagher. Although technically, you already have a more satisfying viewing option: Grass growing. To register your opinion on current movies, vote in EW’s Critical Mass Online.