BOX OFFICE: ‘Scary’ Sells

HOLLYWOOD, July 9, 2000 –- Loud and clear, the people have spoken: They love poop.

It was indeed scary that “Scary Movie” was the nation’s choice in fine film entertainment this weekend. And what’s scarier -– it was by no small margin.

In an opening weekend that would make Jim Carrey green with envy ( “Me, Myself & Irene” only took in about $24 mil when it bowed), the Wayans brothers’ latest envelope-pushing spoof simply blew all contenders and poseurs away by raking in a jaw-dropping $42.5 mil in total sales, per estimates released today.

“Scary Movie’s” opening was the second biggest of the year, behind “M:I-2‘s” $57.9 million in May. Critics mostly praised the film, which offers full-frontal male nudity, raunchy dialogue (about poop) and chronic drug use.

Getting the boot out of the top spot was theGeorge ClooneyMark Wahlberg nature vs. man flick “The Perfect Storm.” Dropping to the No. 2 spot, the film took in another $27 mil over the weekend and crossed the $100 million mark after 10 days in release.

In the same downward trend, Mel Gibson’s nationalistic project “The Patriot” slipped to the No. 3 position this weekend with a so-so $15 million.

Rounding out the rest of the Top 5 was the week’s other major release, theBruce Willis search-for-self flick “Disney’s The Kid” (No. 4, $12.5 mil) and DreamWorks’ modest hit “Chicken Run” (No. 5, $9.5 mil).

Here’s a rundown of the weekend Top 10, according to box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations:

1. “Scary Movie” ($42.5 mil; opening weekend) 2. “The Perfect Storm” ($27.04 mil; $100.1 mil overall) 3. “The Patriot” ($15.50 mil; $65.5 mil overall) 4. “Disney’s The Kid” ($12.52 mil; opening weekend) 5. “Chicken Run” ($9.51 mil; $63.3 mil overall) 6. “Me, Myself & Irene” ($8 mil; $67 mil overall) 7. “Shaft” ($4.13 mil; $62 mil overall) 8. “Big Momma’s House” ($4.10 mil; $103.7 mil overall) 9. “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” ($4.05 mil; $16.2 mil overall) 10. “Gone in 60 Seconds” ($3.77 mil; $86.7 mil overall)