If it was a box-office battle of the sexes, then action-loving men had
something to cheer about this weekend. "The Sum of All Fears" maintained the
top spot for a second week with $18.7 million (click for photos from the movie), besting the debut of perhaps
the mother of all chick flicks, "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya
Though Ben Affleck's nuclear-terror thriller held strong during a rather
sluggish weekend, "Ya-Ya" was able to land at #2 with $16.4 million. The
Sandra Bullock-led dramatic comedy, following a group of lifelong friends'
attempts to repair a mother-daughter relationship, may have lost to Affleck
and co-star Morgan Freeman's CIA epic, but it did beat "Bad Company."
Starring Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins, "Bad Company" debuted at #4 with a
paltry $10.5 million. (Click for photos from the movie) With star power and mismatched buddy action similar to
"48 Hours" and "Rush Hour" driving it, "Bad Company" was expected to fare
better (see "Movie House: Hannibal Lecter
+ Pootie Tang's Daddy = Box Office Gold?").
The year's two biggest films, "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"
and "Spider-Man" (see "Movie House: 'Star
Wars,' 'Spider-Man' Continue To Rule The Box Office"), finished at #3
and #5, respectively. "Star Wars" made another $13.9 million for an overall
take of $254.9 million (Click for photos from the movie), while "Spider-Man" added another $10 million to its
$360 million total.
The rest of the top 10 includes the animated "Spirit: Stallion of the
Cimarron" at #6 with $9.4 million; Eddie Griffin's blaxploitation send-up
"Undercover Brother" at #7 with $7.3 million (click for photos from the movie); "Insomnia," from MTV Movie
Award-winning director Christopher Nolan (see " 'Lord Of The Rings,' Nicole Kidman On Top At MTV Movie
Awards") at #8 with $5.9 million; J. Lo's "Enough" at #9 with $3.6
million; and the Badly Drawn Boy-scored "About a Boy" at #10 with $2.7
Next week's numbers could pick up with the addition of "Scooby Doo," Matt
Damon's spy thriller "The Bourne Identity" (see "Movie House: Will Matt Damon's 'Bourne' Be The Next Bond?") and "Windtalkers," a World War II drama. "Windtalkers"
re-teams Hong Kong director John Woo with Nicolas Cage, who he directed in
1997's "Face/Off," and Christian Slater, who he directed in 1996's "Broken