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B.O.: Uh, Dude, 'Watcher' Rules Again

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May 08, 2001 | 3:19am EDT

Moviegoers got bored of watching over the weekend, and they also failed to get hooked on "Bait."

In what is shaping up to be possibly the worst box office weekend of the year so far, the Keanu Reeves starrer "The Watcher" stayed atop the box office, barely, with a paltry $5.72 million in its second week, bringing its total to $17.3 million.

The week's only wide release, the Jamie Fox starrer "Bait," reeled in $5.5 million for second place.

The rest of the Top Five: "Bring It On" with $5.08 million ($50.9 million total); "Nurse Betty" with $4.71 million ($13.6 million total); and "What Lies Beneath" with $2.55 million ($145.7 million total).

"Almost Famous" Cameron Crowe's autobiographical tale "Almost Famous" bowed in with $2.32 million in limited release to land at No. 8, while the Gwyneth Paltrow karaoke film "Duets" hit a sour note with $2 million to tie for ninth place.

Here's the weekend's Top 10 films, according to estimates by Exhibitor Relations (final figures are released Monday):

1. "The Watcher," $5.72 mil ($17.3 mil total)

2. "Bait," $5.5 mil (opening weekend)

3. "Bring It On," $5.08 mil ($50.9 mil total)

4. "Nurse Betty," $4.71 mil ($13.6 mil total)

5. "What Lies Beneath," $2.55 mil ($145.7 mil total)

6. "Space Cowboys," $2.53 mil ($82.2 mil total)

7. "The Cell," $2.45 mil ($55 mil total)

8. "Almost Famous," $2.32 mil ($2.4 mil total)

9. (tie) "Scary Movie," $2 mil ($151.7 mil total)

9. "Duets," $2 mil (opening weekend)

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