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Monday, 26 March, 2001, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
Heartbreakers hit top spot
Jennifer Love-Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver
Heartbreakers: Jennifer Love-Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver
A comedy about mother and daughter con artists has gone to the top of the North American box office chart, with Oscar contenders doing brisk business on Academy Award weekend.

In Heartbreakers, Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt star as the tricksters who target men for their money-making scams.

Top 5 US films
1. Heartbreakers
2. The Brothers
3. Exit Wounds
4. Enemy at the Gates
5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Max (Weaver) gets wealthy men to fall in love and marry her, then Page (Love Hewitt) seduces them, setting up grounds for Max to divorce them and watch the cash settlement roll in.

The film earned $12.3m (8.6m) in the US and Canada in its opening weekend.

In second place was The Brothers - a comedy about four single African-Americans and what happens when one of them announces he plans to marry.

Shemar Moore and Susan Dallian
The Brothers: Shemar Moore and Susan Dallian
The film, which stars DL Hughley, Morris Chestnut, Bill Bellamy and Shemar Moore, grossed $10.7m (7.5m) from Friday to Monday.

One other new release in the top 10 was Say It Isn't So, starring Chris Klein and Heather Graham as lovers who believe they are brother and sister.

It opened to poor reviews and earned $3.1m (2.16m) for the number 10 slot.

Steven Seagal's Exit Wounds fell from the number one spot to third, with $9.2m (6.42m).

Exit Wounds sees Seagal teamed up with rap star DMX in a story about crooked cops and evil crooks.

Oscar success

In fourth place is the war epic, Enemy at the Gates, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starring Jude Law and Joseph Fiennes and Oscar-nominee Ed Harris.

Set in Stalingrad in 1942, the film is based on the true story of a Russian sniper defending the city from the Nazis. The film took $8.4m (5.86m).

Director Ang Lee's martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which picked up four Oscars for best foreign language film, music, cinematography and art direction, took $4.6m (3.2m) and the number five spot.

At number six is mob comedy The Mexican, starring Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini.

Other Oscar winners and nominees in the top 10 include Steven Soderbergh's drugs drama Traffic, and Lasse Hallstrom's Chocolat, starring Juliette Binoche and Dame Judi Dench.

Chocolat shares the number 8 spot with See Spot Run.

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