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HANNIBAL EATS BOX OFFICE RIVALS

Let the puns fly! Hannibal made a killing at the box office over the weekend, devouring the competition and making mincemeat of box office records. (Phew!) The highly anticipated sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, er, grossed $58 million in its first three days of release — the third-highest debut in history and the biggest February opening ever. The mixed-reviewed film also set new records for a non-summer bow and an R-rated release. After two weekends on top, The Wedding Planner slipped to No. 2 with $7.8 million, followed by newcomer Saving Silverman (No. 3/$7.4 million) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (No. 4/$5.1 million). With $60 million in the bank so far, Dragon has now surpassed Life Is Beautiful as the highest-grossing foreign-language film in U.S. history.

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Let the puns fly! Hannibal made a killing at the box office over the weekend, devouring the competition and making mincemeat of box office records. (Phew!) The highly anticipated sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, er, grossed $58 million in its first three days of release — the third-highest debut in history and the biggest February opening ever. The mixed-reviewed film also set new records for a non-summer bow and an R-rated release. After two weekends on top, The Wedding Planner slipped to No. 2 with $7.8 million, followed by newcomer Saving Silverman (No. 3/$7.4 million) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (No. 4/$5.1 million). With $60 million in the bank so far, Dragon has now surpassed Life Is Beautiful as the highest-grossing foreign-language film in U.S. history.