NIC CAGE A WINNER

The dark thriller “Eight Millimeter” got the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office — the sixth consecutive movie for Nicolas Cage to earn at least $14 million at its opening, according to industry estimates. Another action movie, Mel Gibson’s revenge-fest “Payback,” was No. 2, beating out “The Other Sister” and “Message in a Bottle.” Among the new releases, “The Other Sister,” with Juliette Lewis in a love story about two mentally disabled people, had a respectable debut, collecting $6.7 million for third place. Two other films had lackluster openings. “200 Cigarettes” was 10th with $3.2 million. And “Just the Ticket,” with Andy Garcia and Andie MacDowell, made only $266,500 on 82 screens.

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