'Angels' Land in Box-Office Purgatory

06/30/2003 at 10:45 AM EDT

Critics may have wanted the movie sequel to have offered a plot, but "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" still managed to debut as the No. 1 movie this weekend, kicking the butt of "The Hulk," whose box-office take plummeted in its second week, according to studio estimates.

Still, industry observers tell the Associated Press that the potent "Angels" trio – Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu – did not perform as well as had been hoped for (it made $38 million), nor even as strongly as the first movie, which made $40.1 million when it opened in November 2000.

As for the jolly green giant, which had a potent but unspectacular $62.1 million opening weekend, business fell 70 percent, though the $150 million "Hulk" has made just over $100 million so far.

Underwater, however, things went swimmingly for "Finding Nemo" which to date has taken in $253.9 million and is now predicted to overtake "The Matrix Reloaded" as the year's top-grossing movie.

This past weekend's Top 10 movies were as follows:

1. "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," $38 million
2. "The Hulk," $18.4 million
3. "Finding Nemo," $13.9 million
4. "28 Days Later," $9.7 million
5. "Bruce Almighty," $6.2 million
6. "2 Fast 2 Furious," $5.7 million
7. "The Italian Job," $5.4 million
8. "Rugrats Go Wild," $3.5 million
9. "Hollywood Homicide," $3 million
10. "Alex & Emma," $2.7 million

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