James Bond and Harry Potter Duke It Out
Two Brits led the box office this American holiday weekend: Harry Potter and James Bond, though not necessarily in that order.
Actually, the boy wizard outperformed the secret agent in the regular three-day weekend period, but 007 proved to be 001 for the overall five-day holiday duration, according to movie studio estimates.
In its total 17 days of release, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" has so far taken in $200.2 million, becoming the sixth movie in 2002 to cross the $200-million barrier, the Associated Press reports. (Expect another title to join that list when "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" hits theaters.)
Meanwhile, "Die Another Day" with Pierce Brosnan, "The Santa Clause 2" starring Tim Allen and "8 Mile" with Eminem all passed the $100-million mark, making it 21 movies to hit the century mark this year.
"Solaris," starring George Clooney and directed by Steven Soderbergh, did only so-so business despite being heavily promoted by its star. The movie's mixed reviews were still better than the awful ones that a certain comedian received for his Hanukah movie, "Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights" ($10.1 million).
And the Wall Street Journal has labeled Disney's $140 million "Treasure Planet," which may be its worst-performing animated movie in decades, "a turkey for the holidays."
The box-office results for the Friday-Sunday period, according to studio estimates, were as follows:
1. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," $32.2 million
2. "Die Another Day," $31 million
3. "The Santa Clause 2," $12.3 million
4. "Treasure Planet," $11.9 million
5. "Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights," $10.1 million
6. "Friday After Next," $7.8 million
7. "Solaris," $6.8 million
8. "8 Mile," $5.9 million
9. "Wes Craven Presents: They," $5.7 million
10. "The Ring," $5.5 million
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