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.

  • In a surprise move, the National Society of Film Critics named “Out of Sight,” based on an Elmore Leonard novel, its Best Picture. The crime thriller starred George Clooney and was a box-office disappointment. The film also won for its director, Steven Soderbergh, and screenplay. Nick Nolte was named Best Actor for “Affliction” and Ally Sheedy Best Actress for her comeback role in “High Art.” Supporting Actor winners were Bill Murray for “Rushmore” and Judi Dench for “Shakespeare in Love.”