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B.O.: Hanks Breaks 'Away'

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

There's no casting audiences away from the multiplexes this weekend.

In the New Year's holiday weekend that saw no new wide releases, Tom Hanks' "Survivor"-esque epic "Cast Away" held on to the top spot at the box office this weekend as expected with an estimated $31.1 million, hurling the film over the $100 million mark in only its second week of release, according to estimates from box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations.

Coming in second for a second consecutive weekend is the sensitive male comedy "What Women Want" with $22.6 million. The Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt starrer has thus far grossed more than $110 million.

Rounding out the Top Five: Sandra Bullock's "Miss Congeniality" moved up two slots from last week to No. 3 with $15.4 million; Nicolas Cage's "The Family Man" dropped one slot from last week to No. 4 with $14 million; and "The Emperor's New Groove" took the fifth spot with $11.8 million.

Elsewhere on the chart, Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" continued to wow audiences as the film gradually opens in more areas. The film took in an estimated $3.5 million over the weekend, and its total is $12.4 million so far.

Steven Soderbergh's much-hyped new film "Traffic" -- which opened Wednesday in only Los Angeles and New York to qualify for the Oscars -- pulled in a huge $303,588 total on only four screens.

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