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Steven Spielberg's much-hyped film A.I.
was last night crowned king of the American box-office
over the weekend, but it failed to reach blockbuster
status. The film stars Jude Law and 13-year-old
Haley Joel Osment as robots which look like
humans and the Irish actor Brendan Gleeson.
took 21.27 million at American cinemas after being
released on Friday. The total made it the weekend's
biggest film but was less than the biggest films of
the previous few weeks, including controversial road-racing
movie The Fast and The Furious and Pearl
Harbor, which have taken around 28 million pounds
in their first weekends.
at DreamWorks, which made the film, and distributors
Warner Bros, were facing a wait to see if the 70 million
film will be a hit. Warner Bros' head of distribution,
Dan Fellmann, told the New York Post: "It's
a movie that people talk about and generates word
of mouth, hopefully."
The film, which at two hours and 20 minutes, is longer
than the average summer offering, has been given the
American equivalent of a PG rating, but is not being
marketed for children.
It was made by Spielberg after the death of Stanley
Kubrick, who had bought the rights to the story,
by science-fiction writer Brian Aldiss, and
worked for many years on making it into a film.
Its opening in America puts it on a par with Spielberg's
last big film, the Second World War hit Saving
Private Ryan which was partly made here in Cork.
very pleased to open in the company of Saving Private
Ryan," Mr Fellman told Daily Variety. Last week's
number one, The Fast and The Furious, which prompted
police to patrol cinema car parks to prevent people
recreating its road-racing stunts, was second with
14 million in ticket sales, while Dr Doolittle
2, starring Eddie Murphy, was third with