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Hollywood Spotlight - Boxoffice Bonanza Archive

BOXOFFICE BONANAZA ARCHIVE
MAY

By Marc Flemming


      For the Week Ending: May 7th, 2000 [ KEY ]

[Read Review] 1. Gladiator / $32,700,000
In what might be his best film since Bladerunner, Ridley Scott steps up in a big way by delivering a film of epic proportions. Russle Crowe is superb, the remaining acting is superb, the directing is superb, the cinematography and costumes are superb... and so are the action scenes that gracefully depict the battles of ancient gladiators (if grace as a charaterisitic of such an individual is even possible). Jumping straight into the foray, this film strikes hard at No. 1 leaving the competition to rot in the surrounding arena dust. [Review Me]

WR: New | LWR: NA | T: 2,938 | C: $32.7M
2. U-571 / $7,600,000
The sub cruises on sliding through the depths at No. 2 after dropping from No. 1 where it sat for two weeks. Fortunately, the film was unseated from the top spot by a truly worthy movie. A film strikingly similar to Das Boot, but with enough tension, storyline, and originality to surely stand on its own. Face it, Das Boot is a forever long film, as far as German U-boats in World War II go, what else could possibly have been done? [Review Me]

WR: 3 | LWR: 1 | T: 2,701 | C: $49.4M
3. Frequency / $6,500,000
Dennis Quaid's latest emotional and magical "disc jockey" onscreen film voyage stays put at No. 3 in its second week in the theaters. Meanwhile, segments of the population are pulling out their old walkie-talkies and trying to contact long-lost relatives and pets. [Review Me]

WR: 2 | LWR: 3 | T: 2,631 | C: $17.8M
4. The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas / $6,300,000
Yabba-Dabba-laaaaame! Fred Flintstone - is he dead? Because if he is - he's rolling in his grave right about now. [Review Me]

WR: 2 | LWR: 2 | T: 3,059 | C: $18.3M
5. Where the Heart Is / $5,000,000
Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd team up in what has to be a movie geared towards women... other than that most men would probably agree that the cast is fairly cute. Natalie Portman still looks like she just hit her teenage years... and just in time as the film drops a spot from No. 4 and surely out of the Top 5 by this time next week. [Review Me]

WR: 2 | LWR: 4 | T: 2,439 | C: $15.7M


By Marc Flemming


      For the Week Ending: May 14th, 2000 [
KEY ]

[Read Review] 1. Gladiator / $24,300,000
Gladiator ruthlessly slices and dices its way into the spot for the second straight week as if to say, "Are you surprised?". In what might be his best film since Bladerunner, Ridley Scott steps up in a big way by delivering a film of epic proportions. Russle Crowe is superb, the remaining acting is superb, the directing is superb, the cinematography and costumes are superb... and so are the action scenes that gracefully depict the battles of ancient gladiators (if grace as a charaterisitic of such an individual is even possible). [Review Me]

WR: 2 | LWR: 1 | T: 2,943 | C: $74.3M
2. Battlefield Earth / $12,300,000
Travolta might be hoping science has a remedy for this one. Touted as "a movie that will be the brunt of bad movie jokes for years to come" (R. Ebert), Travolta's latest Sci-Fi/Fantasy film based on the book by Dianetic's author L.Ron Hubbard, has soaked in the criticism as the critics haven't been at all kind to this film. The only "positive" review we were able to find - praised the closing credits. [Review Me]

WR: New | LWR: NA | T: 3,307 | C: $12.3M
3. U-571 / $6,500,000
Sinking another spot to No. 3, the sub film keeps up the pace and also keeps up the controversy regarding the accuracy of the events depicted. Turns out Bon Jovi didn't have a hit yet in the early 1900's. A film strikingly similar to Das Boot, but with enough tension, storyline, and originality to surely stand on its own. Face it, Das Boot is a forever long film, as far as German U-boats in World War II go, what else could possibly have been done? [Review Me]

WR: 4 | LWR: 2 | T: 2,820 | C: $57.9M
4. Center Stage / $4,800,000
"I just wanna dance!" And so they do in this film about gifted youth with one thing on their minds - "is that two steps or three?". The film fox trots into the mix with just a slight dab of hustle in its twist to No. 4 in its first week. [Review Me]

WR: New | LWR: NA | T: 1,506 | C: $4.8M
5. Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas / $4,800,000
Now can we be sure that the producers of this film didn't PAY OUT $4.8 million to the audience to stay put in their seats? In all fairness, I've not seen this film, but only the television spots. Then again - in all fairness, if this movie is any good - then the marketing team needs to be fired. Thankfully, this list only covers the Top 5. I'm growing weary of ripping on dumbfounded sequels. [Review Me]

WR: 3 | LWR: 3 | T: 3,128 | C: $24.6M


By Marc Flemming


      For the Week Ending: May 21st, 2000 [
KEY ]

[Read Review] 1. Dinosaur / $38,600,000
Hey, Dinosaur's had their share of meteor showers, too. But, who was to think they'd be showering in enough firestorm to put a 100 megaton atomic bomb to shame? Yeah, beats a bad day at work. But the Dinosaurs continued to walk the Earth a bit longer and this week they've walked right into the top spot with one heckuva share of allowance. Oh, by the way folks - the Dinosaurs seen in this film were not harmed in anyway despite the presence of carnage, mayhem and flaming death. [Review Me]

WR: New | LWR: NA | T: 3,257 | C: $38.6M
[Read Review] 2. Gladiator / $19,100,000
My guess is that the Roman-supplied swords just weren't strong enough to hold up. Bring your own equipment next time, eh? Yes, Gladiator has been tossed to the ground and trampled by the likes of a 200 ton lizard with an otherwise nice disposition and a hearty appetite for surrounding foliage. After two weeks up top, this film drops but one spot to No. 2, but nevertheless - takes in a whole heckuva lot of money. In what might be his best film since Blade Runner, Ridley Scott steps up in a big way by delivering a film of epic proportions. Russle Crowe is superb, the remaining acting is superb, the directing is superb, the cinematography and costumes are superb... and so are the action scenes that gracefully depict the battles of ancient gladiators (if grace as a charaterisitic of such an individual is even possible). [Review Me]

WR: 3 | LWR: 1 | T: 3,041 | C: $102.5M
[Read Review] 3. Road Trip / $15,000,000
If this film were a person leaving an ad in the Personal Ads section of a newspaper, the ad might read, "Seeking individual who enjoys slapstick toilet humor, long walks along the beach (full of naked women), and long restless nights snapping eachother's underwear at one another." In theme with American Pie this movie will surely make you laugh and probably refresh your supply of party humor lines, but is it anything new? In its first week on the road, this flick that was surely low on budget, laughs all the way to the bank. [Review Me]

WR: New | LWR: NA | T: 2,530 | C: $15.0M
[Read Review] 4. U-571 / $4,600,000
"I can't keep her afLOOT, Captain! We - doon't - have - the - Poowa!" But she travels on, all the while submerged. Sinking just one more spot from No. 3, the film about seamen that isn't a porno, sits timidly at No.4 still holding on to the Top 5 in its fifth week. A film strikingly similar to Das Boot, but with enough tension, storyline, and originality to surely stand on its own. Face it, Das Boot is a forever long film, as far as German U-boats in World War II go, what else could possibly have been done? [Review Me]

WR: 5 | LWR: 3 | T: 2,736 | C: $64.4M
5. Frequency / $4,300,000
Tune in Tokoyo, tune in -- oh, whoa, sorry - that's something completely different all together. Yes, while I'm not on the right frequency here, this film of small proportions manages to hang on for dear life in the top 5 as it drops but one spot on the dial to No. 5., but keeps on broadcasting as long as the money stays in the black. [Review Me]

WR: 4 | LWR: 4 | T: 2,202 | C: $30.3M


By Marc Flemming


      For the Week Ending: May 28th, 2000 [
KEY ]

1. Mission Impossible 2 / $59,000,000
How Tom Cruise hangs from cliffs supporting his full body weight with casually placed grips that look no tighter than the grip he might use to cradle eggs - I'll never know (perhaps an offscreen lift has something to do with it?). I never really quite understood how one gets a motorcycle to pull a 360 degree spin on one wheel while traveling in excess of 70mph. These events represent just some of the stunts within this film, but let me tell you - if any of these seemed possible for just split second - this wouldn't be mission impossible. If this film's gross isn't testimony to American's visiting theaters in flocks, I don't know what is. In its first weekend in the theaters (and a few days in change), John Woo's sequel goes straight to the top and puts a call into Fort Knox seeking counsel. [Review Me]

WR: New | LWR: NA | T: 3,653 | C: $80.0M
[Read Review] 2. Dinosaur / $25,800,000
The Disney flick seems far from extinction as it rumbles on to No. 2, down a spot from its opening week. While the onscreen reptiles lose their health, it's weekend gross has some stamina to boot. Hey, Dinosaur's had their share of meteor showers, too. But, who was to think they'd be showering in enough firestorm to put a 100 megaton atomic bomb to shame? Yeah, beats a bad day at work. But the Dinosaurs continued to walk the Earth a bit longer and this week they've walked right into the top spot with one heckuva share of allowance. Oh, by the way folks - the Dinosaurs seen in this film were not harmed in anyway despite the presence of carnage, mayhem and flaming death. [Review Me]

WR: 2 | LWR: 1 | T: 3,302 | C: $94.7M
[Read Review] 3. Shanghai Noon / $16,700,000
Jackie Chan has seemingly conquered every aspect of the modern day film culture. Now he's back and Clint Eastwood is showing a few wrinkles of jealousy from the sidelines. From the Orient to the Wild West, fists fly and guns blaze, but let one thing be certain - this ain't no Wild Wild West. [Review Me]

WR: New | LWR: NA | T: 2,711 | C: $16.7M
[Read Review] 4. Gladiator / $12,900,000
Even the toughest legends are destined to fall and Gladiator is no different. Having given the competition a Roman beating for 3 weeks now, the film begins to relax a bit as it seeks retirement from the daily grind - that is ... the daily grind of flesh and bones. In what might be his best film since Blade Runner, Ridley Scott steps up in a big way by delivering a film of epic proportions. Russle Crowe is superb, the remaining acting is superb, the directing is superb, the cinematography and costumes are superb... and so are the action scenes that gracefully depict the battles of ancient gladiators (if grace as a charaterisitic of such an individual is even possible). [Review Me]

WR: 4 | LWR: 2 | T: 3,188 | C: $118.3M
[Read Review] 5. Road Trip / $10,300,000
Dropping 2 spots to No. 5, this film's ranking isn't the only thing dropping. Taking an IQ test before and after viewing this film might show surprising results. Of course, we're not surprised here. We've seen so many of these films, we lost the capability of being surprised a long time ago. If this film were a person leaving an ad in the Personal Ads section of a newspaper, the ad might read, "Seeking individual who enjoys slapstick toilet humor, long walks along the beach (full of naked women), and long restless nights snapping eachother's underwear at one another." In theme with American Pie this movie will surely make you laugh and probably refresh your supply of party humor lines, but is it anything new? In its first week on the road, this flick that was surely low on budget, laughs all the way to the bank. [Review Me]

WR: 2 | LWR: 3 | T: 2,631 | C: $28.5M


KEY
WR - Weeks in Release
LWR - Last Week's Ranking
T - Theaters Showing
C - Cumulative Gross

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