'Fight Club' emerges as box office champ
October 19, 1999
HOLLYWOOD (CNN) -- "Fight Club" wound up number one in a tight skirmish at the box office, according to revised estimates from the Hollywood studios.
The pugilistic drama starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton made an estimated $10.9 million dollars over the weekend, boosted by a stronger-than-expected Sunday.
Earlier estimates, based on Friday and Saturday performance, put the film in third place behind "Double Jeopardy" and another newcomer, "The Story of Us." Initial tallies put the three films only $200,000 apart.
Box office figures, collected from the studios by Exhibitor Relations, are rarely so close that the rankings for the top three films change from Sunday to Monday.
"Double Jeopardy," the action movie starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones, enjoyed three straight weeks at the top of the box office returns, and has grossed $80.3 million in four weeks. It tells the story of a woman bent on revenge against her husband, who faked his death and framed her for murder.
"'Double Jeopardy' does continue to roll along," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations, which tracks movie ticket sales. "That genre of a revenge-seeking woman has really caught on in a big way."
In another success story, the supernatural "The Sixth Sense," starring Bruce Willis as an investigator working with a boy who can hear ghosts, edged near the quarter-billion-dollar mark in its 11th week. "Sixth Sense" took in $5.2 million to raise its total gross to $249.9 million.
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