'Bugs' Big, 'Babe' Not

Forget the turkey — insects were big this Thanksgiving weekend. Disney and Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life” generated an estimated $33.6 million in the Friday-to-Sunday period, giving it $46.5 million in ticket sales since Wednesday. That broke the $45.1 million record for the Thanksgiving holiday period set two years ago by the live-action “101 Dalmatians.” The previous weekend’s champ, “The Rugrats Movie,” slipped to second with $21.1 million for the three days, while “Enemy of the State” was third and “The Waterboy” was fourth. “Babe: Pig in the City,” a follow-up to the Oscar-nominated hit 1995 film, opened in a disappointing fifth place with $6.4 million for the Friday-to-Sunday period.

  • In other movie news, Adam Sandler will be paid $20 million by New Line Cinema for his next movie — tentatively titled “Little Nicky,” about a son whose father (the devil) wants him to take over the family business — reports USA Today. That puts the comedian in the same income circle as Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson. Sandler, currently starring in “The Waterboy,” is now shooting “Big Daddy,” a romantic comedy to be released in June.
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