'Patch,' 'Mom' Winners
The obvious works: “Patch Adams” was the No. 1 movie for a second weekend, and “Stepmom” held its own as the critically panned films claimed the top box office spots over the New Year’s holiday, according to industry estimates. “Adams” made $20.1 million; “Stepmom,” $15 million. They were followed by the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan romance “You’ve Got Mail” (with $14.1 million). “The Prince of Egypt,” DreamWorks’ $100 million animated fable about Moses, was in fourth place with $11.5 million. Disney’s “A Bug’s Life” came in fifth with $10 million. Much of the weekend movie business was hampered by a severe winter storm that hit portions of the country. “It’s like a ghost town in Chicago,” “Stepmom” director Chris Columbus told Reuters, speaking from the blizzard-stricken city.