March 25, 1998 12:00 AM

Appropriately enough for Mother’s Day weekend, “The Mummy Returns” was the No. 1 movie for the second week running. The special-effects period piece overshadowed the weekend’s strong debut for another action film, this one set in medieval times: “A Knight’s Tale,” starring young Australian hunk Heath Ledger and a rock score. Over the next few weeks the summer blockbusters will start kicking in, signaling the beginning of a furious box-office race. This weekend’s Top 10, according to studio estimates:

1. “The Mummy Returns,” $32.2 million.
2. “A Knight’s Tale,” $17 million.
3. “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” $4.5 million.
4. “Driven,” $3 million.
5. “Along Came a Spider,” $3 million.
6. “Spy Kids,” $2.5 million.
7. “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles,” $2.1 million.
8. “Blow,” $1.9 million.
9. “Memento,” $1.2 million.
10. “The Tailor of Panama” $800,000.

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