'Tarzan': Audiences Go Ape

Swingers — in the jungle and on Carnaby Street — claimed the box office as theirs this weekend. “Tarzan” opened at No. 1 with $34.1 million in ticket sales, while “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” took in $31.9 million. “The General’s Daughter” with John Travolta was third, with a better-than-expected $22.3 million. “Star Wars: Episode One — The Phantom Menace” had $17.8 million for fourth (it crossed the $300 million mark last week, overtaking “The Lion King” as the No. 6 movie of all time). Studio executives said it was the first time they could recall that three movies grossed more than $20 million on the same weekend.

  • On the subject of Tarzan: Mattel Inc. is changing the packaging of its Disney ape-man action figure after some people said the doll’s movements were sexually suggestive. Raising the right arm of the 12-inch-high “Rad Repeatin’ Tarzan” switches on a recording of his jungle yell. The problem is that the spring-loaded arm must sometimes be pumped rapidly up and down from Tarzan’s chest to below his loin cloth, a motion that some people call suggestive.
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