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Lopez enjoys "Wedding" bliss at box office

Lopez enjoys "Wedding" bliss at box office

Jennifer Lopez extended her reign atop the movie and music world as her romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner" racked up a second consecutive weekend at North American box offices.

According to studio estimates issued on Sunday, the film pulled in about $11.0 million, taking its 10-day total to $28.2 million, about equal to its production budget. A spokesman for Columbia Pictures, the film's Sony Corp. -owned domestic distributor, predicted it would easily surpass $50 million.

Lopez' sophomore album, "J.Lo" debuted at No. 1 on the pop charts in the United States, Canada and Germany last week, and is in the top five in Australia, Britain and Italy. She is the first person ever to top both the movie and music charts in the United States at the same time.

In the film, she plays the titular nuptials expert who falls for the fiance (Matthew McConaughey) of one of her clients. Reviews were bad, but the film has little competition - at least until next week when "Hannibal," the sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," is expected to take a big bite out of sales.

This weekend's top 10 contained two new releases, the slasher picture "Valentine" at No. 2 and the romantic comedy "Head Over Heels" at No. 7. The Juliette Binoche fable "Chocolat" entered the chart for the first time after jumping three places to No. 10 in its eighth weekend of release.

In the milestone department, "Cast Away" (Fox) passed the $200 million mark on Saturday, its 44th day of release, becoming the third film of 2000 to do so, following "Mission: Impossible 2" and "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas."

With a weekend haul of $7.4 million (and $202.95 million overall), the Tom Hanks drama tied at No. 3 with "Save The Last Dance" (Paramount) and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (Sony Pictures Classics). Twentieth Century Fox is a unit of Fox Entertainment Group Inc. .

"Valentine" (Warner Bros.) wooed about $10.1 million in the Friday-to-Sunday period, also equaling its production budget. A killer in a cupid mask dispatches the old schoolmates who taunted him years earlier. The young ensemble cast includes David Boreanaz of TV's cult hit "Angel," Denise Richards and Jessica Capshaw.

The audience for the R-rated picture was about 60 percent female, according to Dan Fellman, president of distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures, a unit of AOL Time Warner Inc. . He predicted the film would hold up over the next few weekends with the Valentine's Day and the President's Day holiday (Feb. 19).

"Head Over Heels" (Universal) opened with $5.0 million. The $14 million-budgeted romantic crime comedy stars Monica Potter as a nerdy art restorer who falls for a handsome modeling agency executive (Freddie Prinze Jr.) who may have a dark secret. A spokesman for the Vivendi Universal -owned studio said young women were the core audience.

The top 12 films grossed about $73.8 million, flat with last weekend, and up just two percent from the year-ago period when "Scream 3" opened at No. 1 with $34.7 million. Also opening next weekend is "Saving Silverman," a comedy starring Amanda Peet and Jason Biggs.

After 24 days of release, "Save The Last Dance," an inter-racial romance starring Julia Stiles, has grossed $68.7 million. Paramount Pictures is a unit of Viacom Inc. .

"Crouching Tiger" has kicked up $53.5 million after 59 days. The Chinese-language martial arts romance is on track to become the top-grossing foreign language film in North America, surpassing the $58 million haul of Italian actor/director Roberto Benigni's Holocaust comedy "Life is Beautiful." Sony Pictures Classics is also a unit of Sony Corp.

"Chocolat," released by Walt Disney Co.'s Miramax Films unit, cooked up $3.7 million this weekend, taking its 52-day total to $22.5 million.


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