'Daddy,' 'Menace' Climb

Despite the fact that critics did to his movie what he and a little boy are doing to a wall in the ad for his movie, Adam Sandler’s “Big Daddy” was No. 1 at the box office this weekend, taking in an estimated $41 million. Disney’s “Tarzan” showed solid staying power in its second weekend with $23.5 million. “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” followed in third place, with the movie pulling a still-powerful $18.5 million. The “The General’s Daughter” came in fourth with $15.6 million, edging out the sixth weekend sales figures of “The Phantom Menace,” which made $14.6 million.

  • On Sunday “Phantom Menace” set a record for the speed with which its box-office topped $350 million, breaking the 58-day mark set by “Titanic” last year. It will become the fourth-highest domestic grosser ever this week when it goes past “Jurassic Park”‘s $356.8 million sales figure.
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