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Monday, 25 September, 2000, 08:53 GMT 09:53 UK
Horror at the US box office
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Two horror movies with diverse pedigrees topped the US box office over the weekend.

Urban Legends: Final Cut, the sequel to 1998's Urban Legends, continues the teenage slasher movie trend, started by Scream, and went straight in at number one with $8.8m (6m) in takings.

Classic horror movie The Exorcist may have been made in 1973 but the attraction of 11 added minutes of footage propelled the movie into the number two slot, taking $8.5m (5.8m) over the weekend.

US box office
1. Urban Legends (6m)
2. The Exorcist (5.8m)
3. Almost Famous (4.8m)
4. Bring It On (2.8m)
5. TheWatcher (2.4m)
6. Bait (2.3m)
7. Nurse Betty (2.2m)
8. Space Cowboys (1.5m)
8. What Lies Beneath (1.5m)
10. Woman on Top (1.3m)

Only one new film made it into the top ten, the Penelope Cruz vehicle Woman On Top, which drew $1.9m (1.3m).

The new Urban Legends movie continues the theme of folklore horror stalking students, this time on a university campus.

Widely panned by the critics, it follows a trend of movies which has included Scream and its two sequels, I Know What You Did Last Summer and its follow up, and The Faculty.

"Horror is a tried and true genre,'' said Paul Dergarabedian of Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc., a box office tracking firm.

"One was just from the old school and the other new school," he added.

Nostalgia rises

Movie takings continue to worry studio bosses with the weekend's figures down more than 30% on last year, although the latest figures are up more than a quarter on the previous weekend's dismal takings.

Cameron Crowe's rock and roll nostalgia movie Almost Famous continues to do good business, rising from eighth to third place, and is yet to go on general release.

The policy of Dreamworks, the film's production company, to generate good word of mouth reviews appears to be working and the film took $7m (4.8) on the weekend.

After two weeks in the top slot, Keanu Reeves' serial killer movie, The Watcher, drops to fifth place, earning $3.6m (2.4m).

Clint Eastwood in Space Cowboys
Age shall not wither him: Clint Eastwood in Space Cowboys

Clint Eastwood's celebration of age over adversity in Space Cowboys, continues to do well at the box office.

The film remains in the top ten, taking $2.2m (1.5m) on the weekend.

The Exorcist has been re-released with 11 minutes of previously unseen footage and enhanced sound.

The new version of the film - dubbed by some as the "scariest movie ever made" - went on release in more than 600 cinemas across the US.

The extra footage adds to the movie's central exorcism scene involving two priests and the possessed 12-year-old Regan MacNeil.

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