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BOX OFFICE: 'Scary' Sells

Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

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 Clooney-Mark 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)

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