The weekend box-office tallies proved one thing to those expecting a
knock-down-drag-out fight between the biggest pop divas in the world, sometimes
hype doesn't work (check back with us two months from now to see if U2 prove
that maxim again).
With combined advertising budgets likely bigger than
the entire budget of the Penelope Ann Miller (huh?) thriller The Relic,
both Madonna's relentlessly hyped Evita and Courtney Love's equally
omnipresent The People Vs. Larry Flynt, got trumped at the box office by
the little movie that could.
With a haul of $9.4 million, The Relic
easily beat out the overblown Material Girl songfest (although Evita
clocked $12,216 per screen on 704 screens) which pulled in $8.6 million for
second place. Ms. Love coasted into seventh place with her portrayal of Larry
Flynt's drug-addled stripper wife, Althea Flynt, with earnings of $5.6 million
in its first week of wide release, despite an ad campaign that made it out to
the "Feel Good/Bad Movie of the Year!" And while we're on the subject of The
People Vs. Larry Flynt, has anyone other than us noticed that, early on in
the film, during a scene that takes place at Flynt's Hustler club, a stripper
is introduced as "Alanis from Ottawa?" In case you don't know, Courtney Love is
less than admiring of Ms. Morissette, and little Alanis does hail from Ottawa.
We guess this is some sort of in-joke, but what do we know?
second stab at the big screen Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (anyone
remember Joe's Apartment ?) stayed in the top ten, at #10 with a $3