Columbia's Charlie's Angels remained atop the North American box office over the weekend with a huge $25m haul, bringing its total to $75.4m after ten days. The camp adventure spinoff from the TV series of the same name roundly defeated its competition which included Adam Sandler's latest film Little Nicky from New Line, Fox's acclaimed biopic Men Of Honor and Warner Bros' sci-fi epic Red Planet.
Even though it opened at two with $18.1m, Little Nicky was disappointing considering Sandler's previous openings - The Waterboy and Big Daddy, which both took over $35m in their first three days. Men Of Honor which stars Cuba Gooding Jr as the first black diver in the US Navy opened well at three with $14m. It also stars Robert De Niro and Charlize Theron under the direction of George Tillman Jr. Red Planet, the second Mars film of the year after March's Mission To Mars, was disappointing with just $9m.
Meanwhile Universal Focus' debut release Brit hit Billy Elliot widened to enormous success - taking $2.8m on 494 screens. It stands to be a lead contender in the upcoming awards race, along with other new openers this week - Wonder Boys from Paramount which was re-released this weekend on 15 screens (a so-so $0.192m) and Paramount Classics' You Can Count On Me which bowed well with $0.12m on eight screens.
The weekend was up some 5% from the same weekend last year and the upward trend looks set to continue next weekend as openers include Universal's Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Columbia's The Sixth Day starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paramount's Rugrats In Paris: The Movie.
ESTIMATED TOP TEN US NOV 10-12
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimated total to date
1 (1) Charlie's Angels (Columbia) Columbia TriStar $25m $75.4m
2 (-) Little Nicky (New Line) New Line International $18.1m
3 (-) Men Of Honor (20th Century Fox) Fox International $14m --
4 (2) Meet The Parents (Universal) DreamWorks/UIP $10.6m $130.3m
5 (-) Red Planet (Warner Bros) Warner Bros/Village Roadshow $9m --
6 (3) The Legend Of Bagger Vance (DreamWorks SKG) Fox International $6.6m $21.2m
7 (4) Remember The Titans (Buena Vista) BVI $5.5m $104.1m
8 (7) Pay It Forward (Warner Bros) Warner Bros/Canal Plus $3.1m $29.4m
9 (-) Billy Elliot (Universal Focus) UPI/Canal Plus $2.8m $6m
10 (6) Bedazzled (20th Century Fox) Fox International $2.5m $34.6m