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Tom Hanks Stays No. 1

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“Cast Away” stars Tom Hanks and his volleyball companion Wilson kept their No. 1 position for the third week at the weekend box office, as Mel Gibson, knowing “What Women Want,” held firm at No. 2. “Traffic,” which is among the odds-on favorites for the best picture Oscar, came in third as the Steven Soderbergh-directed epic about the U.S. drug trade went into wide release. The passing of the holidays also caused “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” to fall out of the Top 10, but don’t cry for anybody in Whoville. The Jim Carrey fantasy directed by Ron Howard has so far grossed $257.7 million and was the top-earning movie of 2000. This weekend’s Top 10, according to industry estimates:

1. “Cast Away,” $24.1 million

2. “What Women Want,” $15.5 million

3. “Traffic,” $14.9 million

4. “Miss Congeniality,” $13.8 million

5. “The Family Man” $9.2 million

6. “The Emperor’s New Groove” $7 million

7. “Vertical Limit,” $5 million

8. “Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000,” $4.2 million

9. “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” $3.8 million

10. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” $3.7 million