Wednesday, October 31, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 50


'K-PAX' debuts with otherworldly numbers 

By Ellen Simonson
Daily Cougar Staff

Kevin Spacey has enjoyed box office success in recent years with hits like American Beauty, and his latest release K-PAX is no exception. The
heartwarming tale grossed $17.2 million in its opening weekend, beating out the runner-up, 13 Ghosts, by more than $2 million.

The previous week's No. 1 movie, Johnny Depp and Heather Graham's From Hell, took third place, while the based-on-a-true-story Riding in
Cars with Boys fell to No. 4 from No. 2. In fifth place was Warner Bros.' Training Day, which has grossed more than $65 million in its four weeks of

The thriller/comedy hybrid Bandits came in sixth, followed by the John Cusack romance Serendipity. The Last Castle fell to No. 8 from No. 5, and
Corky Romano continued its steady decline, falling one spot and landing at No. 9. The Snoop Dogg thriller Bones took the No. 10 spot in its first
week of release.

Other notable debuts this week include On the Line, which took 11th place. Two members of 'NSync (Lance Bass and Joey Fatone, for the
curious) star in the comedy about the hapless love life of a young Chicago professional.

India's film industry -- commonly referred to as "Bollywood" -- is the biggest in the world, but until recently Indian films have been difficult to find in
the United States. Asoka, which opened Friday at a respectable No. 22, has the widest U.S. release of any Indian film so far. The epic story of the
young Prince Asoka has received generally positive reviews.

The sappy Kevin Kline vehicle Life as a House debuted at No. 24, with Donnie Darko, the not-so-famous Drew Barrymore movie, at No. 33.
Ouch, a French film described by reviewers as "thoroughly distasteful" and "truly painful," had the dubious honor of earning the least money during
its opening weekend ($228, to be exact). And Shrek demonstrated its considerable staying power, clocking in at No. 25 after 24 weeks of release.

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