Originally created 08/07/02

Crop-circle thriller 'Signs' takes No. 1 spot at box office



LOS ANGELES -- The crop-circle thriller "Signs" harvested $60.1 million in its debut to top the weekend box office, knocking "Austin Powers in Goldmember" to second place with $31.1 million.

Among the other new releases, the Dana Carvey multiple-identity comedy "The Master of Disguise" came in third with $12.5 million, and the stand-up documentary "Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat" earned $7.3 million for the fourth slot.

The guerrilla-filmmaking experiment "Full Frontal," a largely improvised, digital-video feature from "Traffic" director Steven Soderbergh, debuted to witheringly poor reviews. It earned $739,834 in 208 theaters for 19th place.

The top 20 movies at North American theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. and Nielsen EDI Inc. are:

1. "Signs," Disney, $60.1 million, 3,264 locations, $18,418 average, $60.1 million, one week.

2. "Austin Powers in Goldmember," New Line, $31.1 million, 3,613 locations, $8,613 average, $141.6 million, two weeks.

3. "The Master of Disguise," Sony, $12.5 million, 2,565 locations, $4,895 average, $12.5 million, one week.

4. "Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat," Paramount, $7.3 million, 752 locations, $9,806 average, $7.3 million, one week.

5. "Road to Perdition," DreamWorks, $6.6 million, 2,332 locations, $2,830 average, $77.1 million, four weeks.

6. "Stuart Little 2," Sony, $6.1 million, 3,095 locations, $1,975 average, $46.8 million, three weeks.

7. "Men in Black II," Sony, $4.8 million, 2,902 locations, $1,657 average, $182 million, five weeks.

8. "The Country Bears," Disney, $3.1 million, 2,553 locations, $1,230 average, $11.7 million, two weeks.

9. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," IFC Films, $3 million, 657 locations, $4,570 average, $40.1 million, 16 weeks.

10. "K-19: The Widowmaker," Paramount, $2.8 million, 2,634 locations, $1,084 average, $30.7 million, three weeks.

11. "Mr. Deeds," Sony, $2.1 million, 1,966 locations, $1,071 average, $120.8 million, six weeks.

12. "Minority Report," Fox, $1.7 million, 1,139 locations, $1,516 average, $126.6 million, seven weeks.

13. "The Bourne Identity," Universal, $1.6 million, 989 locations, $1,620 average, $113.1 million, eight weeks.

14. "Reign of Fire," Disney, $1.5 million, 1,485 locations, $1,055 average, $39.8 million, four weeks.

15. "Lilo & Stitch," Disney, $1.3 million, 1,265 locations, $1,074 average, $137.2 million, seven weeks.

16. "The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course," MGM, $1.2 million, 1,492 locations, $807 average, $25.5 million, four weeks.

17. "Like Mike," Fox, $1.1 million, 960 locations, $1,185 average, $48.6 million, five weeks.

18. "Halloween: Resurrection," Dimension, $993,169, 1,260 locations, $788 average, $29 million, four weeks.

19. "Full Frontal," Disney, $739,834, 208 locations, $3,557 average, $739,834, one week.

20. "Space Station," IMAX, $705,863, 61 locations, $11,572 average, $17.8 million, 16 weeks.