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Travolta Rises Again

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In the continuing trend, Friday’s critically savaged movie has gone on to be Monday morning’s darling. This weekend, John Travolta’s new thriller “Swordfish” won the honor, displacing the quickly fading “Pearl Harbor” and even topping the very strong showing of “Shrek.” “Pearl Harbor,” which had been No. 1 for two weeks running, not only slipped to third place, but saw its business drop by some 49 percent this weekend. What had once thought to be a $250 million box office winner now looks to be lucky if it pulls in $200 domestically, say industry observers. The Wall Street Journal noted that the $135 million (by some accounts) World War II adventure-romance will not live up to its considerable hype and will face a number of additional obstacles when it plays to overseas audiences. “Evolution,” with David Duchovny, opened to disappointing numbers, while business for “Moulin Rouge” and “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” also slipped perilously. The weekend Top 10, according to studio estimates:

1. “Swordfish,” $18.4 million
2. “Shrek,” $17.1 million
3. “Pearl Harbor,” $14.9 million
4. “Evolution,” $13.2 million
5. “The Animal,” $9.8 million
6. “Moulin Rouge,” $7.6 million
7. “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” $5.4 million
8. “The Mummy Returns,” $4.2 million
9. “A Knight’s Tale,” $1.7 million
10. “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” $1.2 million