UK distributor Helkon SK scored a hit with its horror title Jeepers Creepers at the weekend as it claimed $2.2m (£1.5m) from 307 sites in the UK. The film, which stars Justin Long and Gina Philips, scored the best site average of any of the openers with $7,134 per venue. Directed by Victor Salva, whose previous films include 1997's Powder which took just $122,241 on limited release for BVI, Jeepers Creepers opened at number three in the chart after receiving mostly fair to good reviews.
Also opening well, taking the second spot, was Columbia TriStar's America's Sweethearts. The all-star comedy, which features Julia Roberts, John Cusack, Billy Crystal and Catherine Zeta Jones, managed a three-day figure of $2.5m (£1.7m) from 413 sites for an average of $5,949. The figures included Thursday previews of $178,973 from 325 sites. Shooting up from last week's thirteenth place to number four this week was BVI's Atlantis: The Lost Empire as it went on nationwide release after a week in Scotland only. The three-day figures, which included previous weekend two-day previews of $475,653 from 403 sites, were $1.8m (£1.3m) at 486 venues.
The only other opener to make the top 15 was Pathe's limited release of French film Brotherhood Of The Wolf, which filled the number 13 position with $176,064 (£123,245) from 75 sites. Brotherhood was unable to make a dent in the market of current French-language champ Amelie which in its third weekend fell just 13% from the previous weekend, showing figures of $592,620 (£414,834) from 98 sites to take sixth place. Distributor Momentum Pictures will raise the number of prints to 103 next weekend as their film chases the total grosses of Cyrano de Bergerac ($3.5m) and Life Is Beautiful ($4.3m) - the third and second placed titles in the chart of top foreign-language titles ever in the UK. Amelie's total gross as of Sunday Oct 21 stands at $3m (£2.1m).
Rounding out the top five was Moulin Rouge which took a further $986,027 in its seventh weekend on release to bring its total to $21.9m so far, awarding the musical with a position in the top ten films of the last 12 months. Other strong openings were recorded for Artificial Eye's The Town Is Quiet (La Ville Est Tranquille) with $16,641 (£11,649) from just three screens and the BFI's re-release of Woody Allen's classic Academy Award winning best picture Annie Hall, $14,943 (£10,460) also on three screens.