In a photo finish race at the North American box office, 20th Century Fox's epic futuristic thriller Minority Report directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise topped the chart with an estimated $36.9m, just $1m ahead of Buena Vista's animated comedy Lilo & Stitch which took $35.8m. Whether those positions hold will be seen when the official figures are released later today. Throughout the weekend, Lilo & Stitch was tracking ahead of Minority Report and, since a large percentage of its tickets were sold at cheap matinees or at children's reduced prices, it clearly scored more admissions than its live action rival.
Box office was up some 12% from the same weekend last year thanks to these two powerful openings and the continued success of Scooby-Doo which fell 55% but still grossed $24.4m to bring its ten-day total to $101.2m.
Less successful was Morgan Creek's Juwanna Mann, a basketball-themed comedy starring Miguel Nunez Jr and Vivica Fox, which grossed just $6m from a largely African American audience.
Meanwhile opening on just ten screens was Sony Pictures Classics' Sunshine State, the latest film from John Sayles, which grossed $92,000 for a strong $9,200 average per site.
ESTIMATED TOP TEN US JUNE 21-23
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimated total to date
1 (-) Minority Report (20th Century Fox) 20th Century Fox $36.9m --
2 (-) Lilo & Stitch (Buena Vista) BVI $35.8m --
3 (1) Scooby-Doo (Warner Bros) Warner Bros $24.4m $101.2m
4 (2) The Bourne Identity (Universal) UIP $14.8m $54.1m
5 (4) The Sum Of All Fears (Paramount) UIP/Mutual $7.9m $97.4m
6 (3) Windtalkers (MGM) 20th Century Fox/President $6.7m $26.7m
7 (-) Juwanna Mann (Warner Bros) Warner/Morgan Creek $6m --
8 (6) Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Warner Brothers) Warner Brothers $5.7m $46.4m
9 (2) Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones (20th Century Fox) Fox International $5.1m $279.8m
10 (3) Spider-Man (Columbia) Columbia TriStar $4.4m $390.2m