Eddie Bops Keanu

The Eddie Murphy-Martin Lawrence prison comedy “Life” pulled in an estimated $20.7 million in its opening weekend at the box office, bumping the sci-fi adventure “The Matrix” down to second place. It was an impressive showing for Murphy, who seems to suffer a flop after each success. His “Holy Man” bombed last fall with a paltry total gross of $12 million, while “Dr. Dolittle” garnered $144.1 million during the summer. “The Matrix” took in $18.1 million during the weekend. The futuristic Keanu Reeves thriller, about a computer hacker who discovers humans are the unwitting slaves of machines, has earned $99.1 million to date.

  • Despite spring break having ended, young audiences flocked to the Drew Barrymore high school comedy “Never Been Kissed” ($8.7 million, for third place). But the loss of spring break may have harmed other youth-oriented films such as “10 Things I Hate About You,” which lost 27% of its audience in its third week and was fifth with $3.7 million. The critically praised rave-scene film “Go” lost 36% of its business to finish seventh with $3 million. (The fourth and sixth films were “Analyze This” and “The Out-of-Towners,” which made $4 million and $3.2 million, respectively.)
  • Howard’s comedy “EDtv,” starring the box office-challenged Matthew McConaughey, has proved to be one of the year’s biggest disappointments. Its box office take plunged 51% from the previous week, collecting only $1 million (a paltry per-screen average of $655). The new mystery-thriller “Goodbye Lover,” starring Patricia Arquette, was D.O.A. with $1 million at 865 theaters.
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