Last weekend's box office sales numbers

By EW Staff
Updated February 23, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Apparently, the lambs haven’t stopped screaming. Taking a ravenous bite out of the box office, Ridley Scott’s Hannibal noshed on a mouthwatering $58 million in its opening weekend, far exceeding the $13.8 million hauled in by its predecessor, The Silence of the Lambs, over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend in 1991. The serial thriller’s debut marks the richest ever for an R-rated film as well as the highest-grossing non-summer opening of all time. Moreover, Hannibal now becomes the third-biggest three-day bow of all time behind The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace. And finally, slaughtering The World Is Not Enough‘s $35.5 million in 1999, Hannibal becomes the best opener ever for MGM, which cofinanced the picture with Universal.