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Monday, 18 December, 2000, 09:05 GMT
Gibson grabs US top spot
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson as you've never seen him before
Hollywood superstar Mel Gibson has finally ousted The Grinch from the number one slot at the US box office.

Gibson's latest film, What Women Want, co-starring Helen Hunt, took $34.4m, according to Los Angeles-based Exhibitor Relations.

He plays a sexist Chicago advertising executive, who after a freak accident develops the ability to hear women's uncensored internal thoughts.

Top 10 US films
1.What Women want
2.Dude, Where's My Car
3.The Grinch
4.The Emperor's New Groove
5.Vertical Limit
6.Proof of Life
7.Unbreakable
8.102 Dalmatians
9.Dungeons and Dragons
10.Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
The film, which co-stars Oscar winner Helen Hunt, pushed Jim Carrey's grumpy, green Grinch down to third place with $13m, while teen comedy Dude, Where's My Car took $14m.

However The Grinch, which topped the US box office for four weeks, has now taken an estimated $212.9m dollars since it came out five weeks ago.

Last weekend's new releases did not do well, with mountaineering thriller Vertical Limit falling three places to number five and hostage drama Proof of Life down three to number six.

Mel Gibson
Gibson plays a sexist turned New Man
Fantasy drama Dungeons and Dragons had the biggest fall in the top 10, from number five to number nine.

Gibson's romantic comedy shows the actor in a new light when he dons women's tights, waxes his legs and dances.

His efforts result in his character, the flirtatious Nick Marshall, being transformed into the ultimate sensitive male.

It is also a gift that gives him the power to steal the creative ideas that lie within the mind of his new boss, Darcy Maguire, played by Helen Hunt.

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