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Monday, 20 August, 2001, 10:04 GMT 11:04 UK
American Pie stays on top
American Pie 2
American Pie 2: Performing well despite R rating
American Pie 2, which jumped straight to the top of the US box office charts last weekend, has held on to the top spot - the first film since Pearl Harbor to stay at number one for two weekends running.

The film is expected to have earned some $21.4m (15m) over the weekend, according to Los Angeles-based Exhibitor Relations.

US box office top five
1. American Pie 2
2. Rush Hour 2
3. Rat Race
4. The Others
5. The Princess Diaries

The film managed to draw in the crowds despite having an R rating, which restricts access for under-17s unless they are accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

The number two spot was also unchanged, with martial arts comedy Rush Hour 2 bringing in $19.2m (13m) between Friday and Sunday.

Revenues of other new films followed some way behind.

The comedy Rat Race, directed by Airplane! co-creator Jerry Zucker, came in third with revenues of $11.8m (8m).

And the Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz vehicle Captain Corelli's Mandolin - mauled by British film critics - opened in sixth place, making $7.1m (5m).

Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour 2 topped the US box office earlier this month
Overall box office earnings rose, the top dozen films grossing more than $100m (69m) between them.

The US film industry is now set to pass its own summer revenue record, set in 1999, of 3$bn (2.1bn) according to Exhibitor Relations president Paul Dergarabedian.

The surge is due to a series of big film releases, including Planet of the Apes, American Pie 2, Rush Hour 2 and Jurassic Park III during late July and August.

Planet of the Apes is currently at number seven in the US chart, while Jurassic Park III is at number nine.

But Mr Dergarabedian believes the boom will not last.

"We're going to hit the dog days pretty soon - the $60m (41.5m) openers for the summer are pretty much done.

"If any new movies do really well from now on, it would be sort of unexpected," he said.

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