‘Sum Of All Fears’ Scares Up Big Tally At Box Office

'Star Wars' #2, 'Spider-Man' #3, while 'Undercover Brother' debuts at #4.

Terrorism thriller “The Sum of All Fears” swept the box office this weekend,
ousting the latest “Star Wars” installment from the top spot with a $32.2
million take.

The weekend’s other big new movie, comedian Eddie Griffin’s “Undercover
Brother,” offered audiences a far more satirical take on terrorist plots and
explosions (see “Movie House: Spies,
Bombs, Afros Hitting Theater Near You”
). The blaxploitation spoof
finished in fourth place with $12.1 million. (Click for photos from the movie)

In “The Sum of All Fears,” based on the novel by Tom Clancy, Ben Affleck is
CIA agent Jack Ryan, who must get to the bottom of a criminal conspiracy to
detonate a nuclear bomb. The tense and all-too-plausible story line
resonated with moviegoers, who no doubt have found new relevance in
terrorism-related movies in the post-9/11 landscape. (Click for photos from the movie)

Affleck’s Ryan character — previously portrayed on screen by Hollywood
heavyweights Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin — has long maintained a
devoted following. Affleck recently spoke with MTV “Movie House” viewers
about the pressures of stepping into the Jack Ryan franchise, among other
things.

Filmmaker George Lucas, revisiting his own “Star Wars” franchise for the
fifth time, generated another $20.6 million with “Star Wars Episode II:
Attack of the Clones” for an overall three-week total of $232 million.
“Spider-Man” finished right behind it, earning $14.5 million for an
astonishing total of $354 million in just five weeks. (Click for photos from the movie)

The rest of the top 10 includes the animated “Spirit: Stallion of the
Cimarron” at #5 with $10.7 million; “Memento” director Christopher Nolan’s
“Insomnia” at #6 with $9.7 million; J. Lo’s “Enough” at #7 with $6.8
million; Hugh Grant’s “About a Boy” at #8 with $4.1 million; and
“Unfaithful” at #9 with $2.9 million. “Road Trip” refugee DJ Qualls’ “The
New Guy,” which finished at #10 with $1.5 million, co-stars Griffin, who now
has bragging rights as the only star with two movies in the top 10.

Next week audiences are in for more CIA action and high-velocity comedy, all
packed into one movie: “Bad Company,” starring Chris Rock and Sir Anthony
Hopkins (see “Movie House: Hannibal Lecter
+ Pootie Tang’s Daddy = Box Office Gold?”
). Sandra Bullock’s
female-led “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” yet another film with
literature as source material, also hits theaters.