- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 13, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Monsters, Inc.," which earned $45.5 million in its second weekend, chewed up the animated film record by crossing the $100 million mark in just nine days.
With a total of $122.1 million in ticket sales, the computer-animated Pixar-Disney comedy fractured the previous record, set by the companies' "Toy Story 2" in 1999.
The comedy about a monster world fueled by the frightened yelps of children held the top spot for a second week, although it is expected to relinquish the position when the highly anticipated "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" debuts this weekend.
"It was really smart of Disney to release it when they did. They did very well by putting it out in advance of 'Harry Potter' said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations, which tracks the box office.
However, he added, "Monsters, Inc." probably won't fall too far down the chart. "I think you'll see a one-two punch from both this film and 'Harry Potter,"' Mr. Dergarabedian said. "Kids will want to keep going to these movies, which is music to the ears of studio executives. I think there is room for both films."
"Shallow Hal," a new Farrelly Brothers comedy about a man who dates an obese woman after being hypnotized to only see "inner beauty," debuted in second place with $22.5 million.
"Heist," a robbery thriller starring Gene Hackman, opened in fifth place with $7.8 million. The Kevin Kline drama "Life as a House" jumped from No. 20 to No. 8 after expanding to about 1,200 theaters following two weeks of limited release and positive word-of-mouth from audiences.
The top 20 movies at North American theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. and ACNielsen EDI Inc.:
1. "Monsters, Inc.," Disney, $45.5 million, 3,269 locations, $13,934 average, $122.1 million, two weeks.
2. "Shallow Hal," Fox, $22.5 million, 2,770 locations, $8,129 average, $22.5 million, one week.
3. "The One," Sony, $9.1 million, 2,894 locations, $3,145 average, $31.9 million, two weeks.
4. "Domestic Disturbance," Paramount, $8.6 million, 2,910 locations, $2,969 average, $26.1 million, two weeks.
5. "Heist," Warner Bros., $7.8 million, 1,891 locations, $4,137 average, $7.8 million, one week.
6. "K-PAX," Universal, $6.3 million, 2,581 locations, $2,475 average, $40.4 million, three weeks.
7. "13 Ghosts," Warner Bros., $4.4 million, 2,351 locations, $1,891 average, $34.2 million, three weeks.
8. "Life as a House," New Line, $3.8 million, 1,288 locations, $2,965 average, $5 million, three weeks.
9. "Riding in Cars With Boys," Sony, $2.1 million, 2,182 locations, $965 average, $27.7 million, four weeks. 10. "Training Day," Warner Bros., $2 million, 1,407 locations, $1,438 average, $72.6 million, six weeks.
11. "From Hell," Fox, $1.9 million, 1,389 locations, $1,399 average, $29.3 million, four weeks.
12. "Serendipity," Miramax, $1.6 million, 1,342 locations, $1,205 average, $45.8 million, six weeks.
13. "Bandits," MGM, $1.5 million, 1,483 locations, $1,015 average, $38.5 million, five weeks.
14. "The Man Who Wasn't There" USA Films, $1 million, 169 locations, $6,011 average, $1.9 million, two weeks.
15. "The Last Castle," DreamWorks, $774,145, 924 locations, $838 average, $17.4 million, four weeks.
16. "Amelie," Miramax, $773,865, 48 locations, $16,122 average, $1 million, two weeks.
17. "Bones," New Line, $750,292, 625 locations, $1,200 average, $6.8 million, three weeks.
18. "Corky Romano," Disney, $555,546, 748 locations, $743 average, $23 million, five weeks.
19. "Don't Say a Word," Fox, $475,586, 517 locations, $920 average, $53.8 million, seven weeks.
20. "Hardball," Paramount, $461,375, 506 locations, $912 average, $38.4 million, nine weeks.


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