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B.O.: Moviegoers Visit ‘Parents’ Again

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Will Smith was wrong: "Parents" just do understand.

"Meet the Parents," the megahit comedy starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro, took in another $16.32 million to take the box office crown for the third consecutive week and hold off three debuts. Its three-week total stands at $81 million.

This is likely to be "Parents’" last weekend on top, as the much anticipated "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2," the sequel to "The Blair Witch Project," flies into theaters next weekend.

"Bedazzled," the Elizabeth Hurley and Brendan Fraser starrer about a man who sells his soul to Satan herself for seven wishes, was the runner-up in its debut weekend, taking in an estimated $13.72 million, according to box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations.

Finishing at No. 3 was the Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment ensemble "Pay It Forward," which moviegoers paid an estimated $10.15 million to see.

Rounding out the Top Five: "Remember the Titans" with $10 million, bringing its total to $77.4 million; and another debut, the Jackie Chan actioner "The Legend of Drunken Master" with $3.7 million.

Final box office figures will be released Monday. Here’s a list of the weekend’s estimated Top 10 at the box office:

1. "Meet the Parents," $16.32 million ($81 million total) 2. "Bedazzled," $13.72 million (opening weekend) 3. "Pay It Forward," $10.15 million (opening weekend) 4. "Remember the Titans," $10 million ($77.4 million total) 5. "The Legend of Drunken Master," $3.7 million (opening weekend) 6. "The Contender," $3.57 million ($10.6 million total) 7. "Lost Souls," $3.25 million ($12.9 million total) 8. "The Exorcist (2000), $2.9 million ($34.6 million total) 9. "The Ladies Man," $2.85 million ($9.7 million total) 10. "Dr. T and the Women," $2.5 million ($9.1 million total)

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