It's the Little things that count

Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Sun, 19 Dec 1999 22:33:35 -0800

Sony Picture's Stuart Little "surprised" movie pundits this
weekend topping the box office by surging past Toy Story 2.
In fact, there's already rumbling in the Academy about Stuart
being *the* candidate for the award this year in special effects.
Competition is tight this year with Star Wars, the Matrix, Toy Story 2,
and others rounding out the top candidates.


With the studios cranking out movies to capitalize on
the holiday season, the top 10 contained two other new
releases, both with modest hauls. “Bicentennial Man”
(Touchstone), starring Robin Williams, earned about $8.3
million, tying at No. 4 with the Touchstone holdover “Deuce
Bigalow: Male Gigolo.” Jodie Foster’s “Anna and the King”
(Fox) opened at No. 6 with $5.1 million.
A Columbia spokesman said the studio had expected
“Stuart Little” to open with between $10 million and $12
million, in a duel for honors with “Toy Story 2” and ”Green
Mile.” Instead it pulled way ahead, fueled by a
two-pronged appeal both to adults who had read White’s
1945 book as children, and to their own kids who got to
see a computer animated mouse engaged in a series of high
Geena Davis and British actor Hugh Laurie star as the
parents of Stuart, who is voiced by Michael J. Fox.
Columbia, a unit of Sony Corp., has had only two
other No. 1 movies this year, Adam Sandler’s “Big Daddy”
in June and Martin Lawrence’s “Blue Streak” in September.

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