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Race-car film earns smokin' $40.1 mil

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Jun 26, 2001 | 8:16am EDT

Universal's The Fast and the Furious got off to a start that lived up to its name as it earned $40.1 million at the box office over the weekend, beating out 20th Century Fox's Dr. Dolittle 2, starring Eddie Murphy, which placed second with $25 million. Last week's box-office leader, Paramount's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, dropped to third place with $19.8 million -- a 59 percent plunge. The sixth week of DreamWorks' Shrek managed to add another $10.4 million to its total, which now stands at $215.2 million.

The top 10 films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):

1. The Fast and the Furious, Universal, $40,089,015, (New); 2. Dr. Dolittle 2, 20th Century Fox, $25,037,039, (New); 3. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Paramount, $19,786,356, ($83,820,442); 4. Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Disney, $12,586,394, ($43,693,117); 5. Shrek, DreamWorks, $10,405,731, ($215,232,017); 6. Swordfish, Warner Bros., $7,718,758, ($53,229,341); 7. Pearl Harbor, Disney, $6,818,896, ($171,886,718); 8. Moulin Rouge, 20th Century Fox, $3,851,923, ($43,433,722); 9. Evolution, DreamWorks, $3,287,925, ($32,320,026); 10. The Animal, Sony, $2,911,346, ($51,237,870).

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