Ghosts Rate at Box Office

Critics couldn’t scare off moviegoers: “The Haunting” shrieked a high note at the box office as the high-tech ghost story premiered at No. 1 with $33 million, according to industry estimates. Another critically-lambasted effects-laden movie, “Inspector Gadget,” debuted in second place with $22 million. “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” a black comedy about teen beauty queens duking it out in middle America, opened weakly at 11th place with $4 million. The “Phantom Menace,” meanwhile, crossed the $400 million mark to become the third-highest grossing movie of all time (behind “Titanic” and the original “Star Wars,” in adjusted “real” dollars).

  • Stanley Kubrick’s racy “Eyes Wide Shut,” starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, dropped from first place to fourth with $9.9 million on its second weekend, down a startling 54% from its $21.7 million opening. The $100 million picture is expected to rake in a total of only $70 million in North America.
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