The Mummy Returns, Universal Pictures' blockbusting sequel, dominated the North American box office for a second weekend with a powerful $32.2m for a ten-day total of $116.5m. Although the film lost 53% of its audience, it is still on track to become the first film of the year to gross over $200m.

Columbia's teen adventure A Knight's Tale grossed a mediocre $17m at number two. A starring vehicle for 22 year-old Aussie actor Heath Ledger (The Patriot), the film is set in the 14th century, but features a contemporary soundtrack. Brian Helgeland (Payback) directed.

Box office gross was down some 2% from the same weekend last year, but looks set to explode again next weekend with the release of Shrek and the following weekend with the opening of Pearl Harbour.


Film (Distributor) International distribution Estimated weekend gross Estimated total to date

1 (1) The Mummy Returns (Universal) UIP $70.1m $116.5m

2 (-) A Knight's Tale (Columbia) Columbia TriStar $17m --

3 (3) Bridget Jones' Diary (Miramax) Universal/UIP/StudioCanal $4.5m $51m

4 tied (2) Driven (Warner Bros) Franchise Pictures $3m $26.1m

4 tied (5) Along Came A Spider (Paramount) UIP $3m $64.1m

6 (4) Spy Kids (Dimension) Miramax International $2.5m $101.5m

7 (5) Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles (Paramount) Kathy Morgan International $2.1m $20.7m

8 (7) Blow (New Line) New Line International $1.9m $47.2m

9 (12) Memento (Newmarket) Summit Entertainment $1.3m $10.2m

10 (15) The Tailor Of Panama (Columbia) Columbia TriStar $0.8m $10.5m