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 ([article id="1455333"]click for photos[/article] 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 [article id="1455334"]"'Minority Report' Is No 'Jetsons,' Spielberg Says"[/article]), while "Lilo" breaks from Disney tradition somewhat with the story of an adopted alien who's "illegal" in many ways (see [article id="1455364"]"Tom Cruise Will Snack On 'Scooby,' If 'Juwanna' Know"[/article]). 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 [article id="1455255"]"'Scooby' Takes #1, Breaks Record — No, Really"[/article]). 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 [article id="1455066"]"Will Matt Damon's 'Bourne' Be The Next James Bond?"[/article]); 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.