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"Rush Hour 2": An even bigger hit than expected

Aug 07, 2001 | 11:47am EDT

Box-office traffic for Rush Hour 2 was even heavier than New Line's Sunday estimates, with the film earning more than $67.4 million (versus the $66.8 million that the studio had predicted), a record for August. On the other hand, final results for Planet of the Apes were down $1 million from 20th Century Fox's estimate, as it wound up with $27.5 million. Oddly, Rush Hour failed to make a big impression in Canada, where it took in C3.7 million, well behind Planet of the Apes' C$6-million opening last week.

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

1. Rush Hour 2, New Line, $67,408,222, (New); 2. Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox, $27,535,697, ($123,740,974); 3. The Princess Diaries, Disney, $22,862,269, (New); 4. Jurassic Park III, Universal, $12,272,810, ($147,019,015); 5. America's Sweethearts, Sony, $8,038,495, ($74,690,047); 6. Original Sin, MGM, $6,402,741, (New); 7. Legally Blonde, MGM, $5,851,309, ($71,358,267); 8. The Score, Paramount, $4,863,222, ($57,165,414); 9.Dr. Dolittle 2, 20th Century Fox, $2,272,622, ($106,169,525); 10. Cats & Dogs, Warner Bros., $2,211,445, ($86,707,368).

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