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Monday, 13 November, 2000, 12:16 GMT
Angels triumph over Sandler's devil
Charlie's Angels
Angels tough it out at number one
Charlie's Angels has continued to outshine all other movie releases after notching up a second week at the top of the US movie charts.

The film, starring Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore, took $25m (17.5m).

It beat debut week competition from Adam Sandler's new comedy Little Nicky, which came in second with $8.1m (5.6m).

Adam Sandler
Sandler only managed second place

Two movies featuring Robert De Niro were in the weekend's top five. New release Men of Honor opened in the number three spot with $14m (9.8m).

Last week's number two, Meet the Parents - which previously enjoyed four weeks at the top - moved down to four with $10.6m (7.4m).

The other major opening of the week, the science fiction film Red Planet, came in at number five with $9m (6.3m).

Charlie's Angels the movie is based on the popular 70s television series of the same name.

It stars Barrymore, Diaz and Liu in the glamorous detective roles made famous by Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith.

The action film has so far raked in $25m (17.5m), bringing its total 10-day takings to $75.4m (52.9m).

Cuba Gooding Jr
Gooding Jr stars in Men of Honor

Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations - the company which monitors the US box office - said: "It's almost like a summer movie in the middle of November."

Some movie commentators believe Charlie's Angels may have taken some of Sandler's audience.

His film Little Nicky opened poorly in comparison to his last two comedies The Waterboy and Big Daddy. Both opened with about $40m (28m).

In Little Nicky, Sandler plays a dimwitted son of Satan who travels to New York to stop his brothers from unleashing hell.

Men of Honor is based on the true story of the Navy's first black master diver, Carl Brashear.

The movie stars Cuba Gooding Jr as Brashear and De Niro as a racist instructor.

Kilmer and Moss
Kilmer and Moss battle Martians in new release Red Planet

Red Planet tells the tale of a group of astronauts stuck on Mars.

It stars Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss coping with the planet's inhospitable natives.

The acclaimed British comedy Billy Elliot went on general release in its fifth weekend and jumped four places to nine with $2.8m (1.9m).

Conversely, Paramount Pictures reissued the wry Michael Douglas drama Wonder Boys in only 15 cinemas.

Paramount hope to give it a second chance after it bombed earlier this year. It took a modest $83,000 (58,000) in its second first weekend.

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