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Monday, 27 November, 2000, 10:09 GMT
Grinch takes Thanksgiving
The Grinch
The Grinch held on the top spot despite firece competition
Jim Carrey's The Grinch has come top of the competitive US Thanksgiving box office chart.

The movie came in at number one for a second week with $73.8m (52.5m), despite tough competition from new Disney releases Unbreakable and 102 Dalmatians.

Top five US films
1. The Grinch
2. Unbreakable
3. 102 Dalmatians
4. Rugrats in Paris
5. Charlie's Angels

Disney movies have ruled the Thanksgiving box office charts for the past six years.

But this year the company has had to settle for second and third place, with Unbreakable taking $47.2m (33.5m) and 102 Damatians taking $26.8m (19m).

Fantasy adventure The Grinch - based on the children's book by Dr Seuss - marks the fifth consecutive box office number one for Universal - a record for any Hollywood film company.

Formula

Most industry observers had predicted that at least one of the two Disney films would open this weekend in the top spot.

Unbreakable is directed by M Night Shyamalan - maker of blockbuster The Sixth Sense.

Unbreakable
Bruce Willis is back with M Night Shyamalan

Shyamalan has repeated that winning formula for Unbreakable by again casting Bruce Willis in a supernatural thriller.

Willis plays the sole survivor of a horrific train crash who is forced to question his real purpose in life.

Family comedy adventure 102 Dalmatians was thought to be able to top the success of its predecessor.

Disney's first Dalmatians movie was released over the same weekend in 1996, making what was then a Thanksgiving record of $45m (32m).

The sequel sees Glenn Close reprise her role as villainess Cruella De Vil.

Her all-star support cast includes Welsh heart-throb Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Evans and French star Gerard Depardieu.

But Disney still had the number one adult movie with Unbreakable, said a company spokesman.

Hepredicted Unbreakable would do well next weekend when more adults were free to go to movies without children in tow.

102 Dalmations
Glenn Close returns for more canine temptation

Many reviewers and critics are, on the other hand, predicting a long reign for The Grinch.

Its theme fits in well with the approaching Yuletide season and it faces no serious competition from big releases over the next couple of weeks.

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie moved down two places to number four in its second weekend with $22.8 (16.2m).

It was followed by Charlie's Angels which was also down two places with $14m (9.9m) in its fourth week.

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