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The Mummy Returns is a monster; opens on $70.1m

Universal Pictures celebrated the second biggest opening in cinema history at the North American box office this weekend, as its adventure sequel The Mummy Returns grossed a spectacular estimated $70.1m. Only one film - Universal's own The Lost World: Jurassic Park - had a bigger three-day take of $72m in 1997; Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace took $64.8m in 1999 for third place.

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