August 19, 2002 01:00 PM

Groovy is right: With a whopping $71.5 million in the till, “Austin Powers in Goldmember” racked up several box-office records this weekend. Among them, as heralded by the Hollywood Reporter: It was the biggest-ever opening in July, bettering last year’s “Planet of the Apes” ($68.5 million). It was the largest opening for a comedy and the biggest in its studio’s history. It was the biggest opening for the summer to date, starting with the Memorial Day weekend (“Spider-Man” and “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” both opened before Memorial Day). It was the fourth biggest three-day, nonholiday opening in box-office history and sixth biggest of all time. It was the third biggest for the year to date, behind “Spider-Man” and “Star Wars: Episode II.” It bettered the $54.9 million summer 1999 opening of “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.” And it was the best-ever opening for its star, Mike Myers. The Top 10 movies of the weekend, according to estimates by their movie studios, were as follows:

1. “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” $71.5 million
2. “Road to Perdition,” $11 million
3. “Stuart Little 2,” $10,7 million
4 “Men in Black II,” $8.7 million
5. “K-19: The Widowmaker,” $7.3 million
6. “The Country Bears,” $5.2 million
7. “Mr. Deeds,” $4.2 million
8. “Reign of Fire,” $3.3 million
9. “Minority Report,” $3.1 million
10. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” $3 million

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