Stephen M. Silverman
August 26, 1998 12:00 AM

The Wayans Brothers’ parody of the “Scream” franchise, “Scary Movie,” was a huge box-office hit over the weekend, despite critics’ lackluster reviews. The movie even out-performed last week’s debut of the George Clooney starrer “The Perfect Storm” and put “Scary Movie” into second place for the biggest opening of the year, after “Mission: Impossible 2.” This may even have remedied the current summer box-office slump, say industry analysts. The weekend estimates:

1. “Scary Movie,” $42.5 million.

2. “The Perfect Storm,” $27 million.

3. “The Patriot,” $15.5 million.

4. “Disney’s The Kid,” $12.5 million.

5. “Chicken Run,” $9.5 million.

6. “Me, Myself & Irene,” $8 million.

7. “Shaft,” $4.13 million.

8. “Big Momma’s House,” $4.1 million.

9. “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” $4 million.

10. “Gone in 60 Seconds,” $3.8 million.

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