By Elizabeth Darst
Updated December 17, 2001 09:05 AM
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“Vanilla Sky,” the twisty, surreal film starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, soared to the No. 1 position at the box office this weekend, reports Reuters. The remake of 1997 Spanish film “Abre los Ojos,” in which Cruz also starred, reunites “Jerry Maguire” writer and director Cameron Crowe with star Cruise. The $60 million film brought in $25 million in its opening weekend — a tidy sum but not as big a take as some expected. It was the lowest opening for a No. 1 film since “K-Pax,” starring Kevin Spacey, took the top spot with only $17.2 million in October, Reuters reports. The real-life pairing of newly divorced Cruise with his Spanish costar Cruz added to the film’s buzz before its release, but critics have panned the film, calling it confusing and pretentious. Slipping to the No. 2 spot with $23.1 million in its second weekend was the star-packed “Ocean’s Eleven,” directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh, while the parody flick “Not Another Teen Movie” opened at No. 3 with $13.1 million. The behemoth “Harry Potter” took fourth place’ its total take so far is $253.3 million. A few Oscar-hopeful films released only in New York and L.A. had respectable showings, among them “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Pinero” and “Iris.” The weekend’s Top 10 list is as follows:

1. Vanilla Sky, $25.0 million
2. Ocean’s Eleven, $23.1 million
3. Not Another Teen Movie, $13.1 million
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, $ 9.9 million
5. Behind Enemy Lines, $ 5.5 million
6. Monsters, Inc., $ 5.0 million
7. Spy Game, $ 2.4 million
8. Black Knight, $ 2.0 million
9. Shallow Hal, $ 1.4 million
10. Amelie, $ 750,000