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Bridget Jones’ bumps ‘Spy Kids’ off top perch

April 23, 2001

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— Resolution No. 1 for "Bridget Jones's Diary": Add 600 theaters and take over as America's top film.

Renee Zellweger's romantic comedy about a Londoner who fancies making lists and life-improving resolutions grossed $10.5 million in its second weekend to move into first place at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The film debuted at No. 3 last weekend, when it opened in 1,611 theaters. Distributor Miramax added 610 cinemas this weekend and plans to expand the movie to several hundred more Friday.

"Bridget Jones's Diary" bumped off another Miramax movie, "Spy Kids," which took in $10.2 million and slipped to No. 2 after three weekends in the top spot.

The weekend's two big new films had modest debuts. "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles," the third of Paul Hogan's comedies about the colorful Australian outdoorsman, opened at No. 4 with $8 million.

"Freddy Got Fingered," the gross-out comedy starring co-writer and director Tom Green, took in $7.3 million to debut in fifth place.

With "Bridget Jones" and "Spy Kids," it was the first time Miramax films ever held the top two spots at the box office. Both movies are benefiting from repeat business, said Mark Gill, West Coast president for Miramax.

"Women having gone to 'Bridget Jones' with their boyfriends or husbands are going back and taking other people to see it. So we have our evangelists out there," Gill said.

Many children are going back a second or third time for "Spy Kids," which has grossed $86 million and is poised to become the second movie released this year to hit $100 million, after "Hannibal."

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures are to be released today.

1. "Bridget Jones's Diary," $10.5 million.

2. "Spy Kids," $10.2 million.

3. "Along Came a Spider," $9.1 million.

4. "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles," $8 million.

5. "Freddy Got Fingered," $7.3 million.

6. "Blow," $6 million.

7. "Joe Dirt," $5.4 million.

8. "Kingdom Come," $4.7 million.

9. "Josie and the Pussycats," $3.1 million.

10. "Enemy at the Gates," $2.1 million.

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