“The Matrix” continued to dominate the nation’s box office with an estimated $22.2 million take during the Friday-Sunday period, according to industry estimates. The special-effects movie starring Keanu Reeves showed impressive staying power, declining only 20% from its opening weekend. (With nearly $73 million in ticket sales in 12 days, the film has clearly expanded its audience well beyond its target of young male moviegoers and will most likely wind up its domestic run with sales of at least $140 million.) Finishing a distant but respectable second was the romantic comedy “Never Been Kissed,” starring Drew Barrymore as a newspaper reporter who infiltrates a high school. It made $11.7 million at 2,455 theaters. A trio of holdover comedies battled for the third spot, led by “The Out-of-Towners” with $5.3 million, followed by “10 Things I Hate About You” ($5.2 million) and “Analyze This” ($5.1 million).

  • Perfect for Passover: Dreamworks’ “Prince of Egypt” crossed over the $100 million mark this weekend, to became the 16th 1998 release and 182nd overall to reach the milestone.
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