'Black Hawk Down' Tops Box Office for Third Straight Week

With few new films in the market and Super Bowl hype distracting plenty of potential moviegoers, Black Hawk Down had no trouble racking up its third weekend as the No. 1 movie at the North American box office.

With Nicole Kidman's thriller Birthday Girl opening outside the top 10, this week's list was virtually identical to last week's — the only new movie to make anything resembling an impact was the horribly-reviewed campus grossout Slackers, which tied for 10th place with Orange County.

As often happens on weekends this slow, some films rose in the standings while taking a percentage drop: The Count of Monte Cristo rose from No. 6 to No. 3, while The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring climbed from No. 8 to No. 7.

Notwithstanding the general torpor at the box-office, A Beautiful Mind (which looks more and more like the Oscar frontrunner) pulled in enough to cross the $100 million mark. Tune in next week for the battle of the long-delayed action movies, as the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Collateral Damage squares off against the Chris Klein/LL Cool J Rollerball remake.

Andrew Johnston is a film critic and associate editor at US WEEKLY magazine.