Tom Cruise Threatened By Tubby Blue Alien

'Minority Report,' 'Lilo & Stitch' returns too close for comfort.

The catch phrase driving “Minority Report” is “Everybody runs.” Even so, Tom Cruise’s sci-fi thriller was only barely able to outrun Disney’s “Lilo & Stitch” in the weekend’s box-office race.

According to studio estimates, the hotly anticipated “Minority Report” took in $36.9 million (click for photos from the movie), just $1.1 million more than Disney’s latest cartoon. “Minority Report” pairs A-list director Steven Spielberg with Cruise for the first time (see “‘Minority Report’ Is No ‘Jetsons,’ Spielberg Says” ), while “Lilo” breaks from Disney tradition somewhat with the story of an adopted alien who’s “illegal” in many ways (see “Tom Cruise Will Snack On ‘Scooby,’ If ‘Juwanna’ Know” ). The figures are estimates, with execs all around calling the top two spots “too close to call” as late as Monday morning.

Last week’s surprise chart topper “Scooby Doo” (see “‘Scooby’ Takes #1, Breaks Record — No, Really” ). nipped at the new contenders’ heels with $24.4 million, adding further firepower to cast and crew plans for the recently announced 2004 “Scooby” sequel.

The rest of the top 10 includes spy-novel-turned-Matt Damon-action-vehicle “The Bourne Identity” at #4 with $14.8 million in its second week of release (see “Will Matt Damon’s ‘Bourne’ Be The Next James Bond?” ); Damon’s buddy Ben Affleck’s “The Sum of All Fears” at #5 with $7.9 million (for an overall take of $97.4 million in four weeks) and the World War II epic “Windtalkers” at #6 with $6.7 million.

The week’s other new film, the low budget basketball comedy “Juwanna Mann,” debuted at #7 with $6 million; “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” came in at #8 with $5.6 million; and the year’s two biggest movies so far, “Star Wars – Episode II: Attack of the Clones” and “Spider-Man” holding strong at #9 and #10, respectively, with $5.1 million and $4.4 million.