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Monday, 18 June, 2001, 07:37 GMT 08:37 UK
Tomb Raider guns to the top
Tomb Raider film still
Computer game inspired Tomb Raider
The computer game-inspired movie Tomb Raider has fought its way to the top of the US box office in its opening weekend despite poor reviews.

Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie, took $48.2m (34.3m) in its first weekend, thought to be a record for a film with a female lead.

Shrek is the biggest grossing film of the year
Critics have mauled the movie, describing it as a "tedious bore" although Jolie was praised for her performance.

The movie has proved a hit for men aged 25 and over, according to studio figures.

A poll for Paramount showed that about 55% of the audience was male.

The film was inspired by a hugely-successful computer game of the same name which featured the heroine Lara Croft, as an Indiana Jones-type figure.

Angelina Jolie has signed on for a further two Lara Croft movies, which will receive the green light, if the first movie proves to be a hit at the box office.

Animated adventures

While Lara Croft is gunning for success, the big budget war epic Pearl Harbor is sinking fast, according to unofficial figures.

In second place is Disney's animated adventure Atlantis: The Lost Empire, hyped as a threat to DreamWork's Shrek.

The cartoon, featuring the voice of Michael J Fox, opened to the tune of $20.4m (14.5m) but it still has a way to go to beat its rival.

A month after its release Shrek is holding on to the number three spot, taking a total of $197.2m (140.4m).

This makes it the biggest grossing film of the year, passing the previous title holder The Mummy Returns which is at number 10.

John Travolta's Swordfish slips from number one to number four in just a week, while Pearl Harbor is at number five.

Brit flick

British crime thriller Sexy Beast, starring Ben Kingsley and Ray Winstone, opened strongly in limited release.

The film grossed $180,695 (128,690) from just nine cinemas in New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto.

It is set to go into around 30 more cities over the next two weeks.

Winstone stars as a retired thief trying to side-step pressure from the vile Kingsley to join in on one last heist.

The film has won high praise from critics, especially for Kingsley's dynamic performance, but did not perform particularly well in its native country.

David Duchovny's alien-hunting comedy Evolution has fallen two places to number six, taking 6.5m (4.6m).

Official figures are due out on Monday.

See also:

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12 Jun 01 | Film
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