“Croft”‘s raid nets $48.2 million

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider blasted into movie theaters over the weekend amassing a far-higher-than expected $48.2 million, according to box-office estimates–the most ever earned by a debuting movie based on a video game. (The previous record holder: Pokemon: The First Movie, which earned $31 million.) The results appeared not to have been affected one whit by a barrage of critical bullets aimed at the movie in the national press on Friday. On the other hand, given the relatively moderate Friday take, they may have been affected a great deal by having to compete with the final game of the NBA championship. Disney’s animated Atlantis: The Lost Empire was in second place with an estimated $20.4 million, a figure that represented a disappointment for a Disney animated feature. DreamWorks’ computer-animated Shrek moved down a notch to third place with about
$12.9 million, bringing its month-long total to $197.2 million and making it the year’s top-grosser. Last weekend’s winner, Swordfish, starring
John Travolta, dropped to fourth place with $12.2 million. Disney’s Pearl Harbor sank like a torpedoed battleship, grossing $9.5 million for fifth place.

The top 10 films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:

1. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, $48.2 million; 2. Atlantis: The Lost Empire, $20.4 million; 3. Shrek, $12.9 million; 4. Swordfish, $12.2 million; 5. Pearl Harbor, $9.5 million; 6. Evolution, $6.5 million; 7. The Animal, $5.7 million; 8. Moulin Rouge, $5.2 million; 9. What’s the Worst That Could Happen? $2.8 million; 10. The Mummy Returns, $2.4 million.