Top Ten Movies at the Box Office this Weekend in 2001

This weekend, The Help dominated the box office, but lets see what was on the top of everyone’s movie watching list in theaters around the same time 10 years ago.

  1. American Pie 2
  2. Rush Hour 2
  3. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  4. The Others
  5. Rat Race
  6. Summer Catch
  7. The Princess Diaries
  8. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
  9. John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars
  10. Planet of the Apes (2001)

I am not sure what weekend I saw some of these movies, but I am pretty sure I saw at least 4 of them in the theater. Looking at the list now, I wish I could have gotten my money back on at least two — you know I am talking to you Planet of the Apes (2001). Which movies were you watching at this time in 2001?


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13 thoughts on “Top Ten Movies at the Box Office this Weekend in 2001

  1. Craig says:

    Can I suggest a post where you examine the ****iness of all movies from this era which are set on planet Mars? They’re all such garbage.

    Man, I was seeing way too many movies back then. I bought tickets for six out of the ten listed movies. Planet of the Apes was the biggest disappointment, followed up by Ghosts of Mars which I really thought was going to kick ass and turned out to be Ice Cube versus a gang of guys dressed up like Marilyn Manson, with Mars having very little to do with the story. After not really liking the first one, American Pie 2 seemed funnier and better made to me.

    Captain Corelli’s Mandolin: Never saw it, but still LOL whenever I think of Cage’s accent in the trailer.

  2. I actually saw three of them all in the same day.

    my soon to be x-wife was moving out that Friday so I decided that I didn’t want to be around for it…

    With nothing else to do I choose to go see the afternoon showing of Planet of the Apes. While there I saw that the theater was doing a “Special Sneak Preview” of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back where if you paid to see The Others you could stay after it was over and watch JSBSB.

    Spent the whole day in the theater!

  3. Dax says:

    The only one of those I saw in the theater was Apes. In fact, it’s the only one of any of those that I’ve seen all the way through.

  4. I just want to put this out there. Rat Race is underrated. It is not a great movie, but it is underrated, especially if you enjoy the race to the prize sub genre of movies.

  5. I would lump them in the same class and both have some wonderful ludicrous moments in them. I think the edge might go to Rat Race if you remove the nostalgia mystique from Million Dollar Mystery.

    Of course Midnight Madness is better than both of them.

  6. I’ll add Rat Race to my Netflix queue and give it a watch.

    I’ve never seen Midnight Madness either but it can’t be better than The Cannonball Run. That one is my personal favorite among the madcap, race-for-a-prize movies.

  7. I was at the theatre for…7 of these. Though like Six Million Dollar Jedi I’m going to have to add Rat Race to my queue. I would say that the Others was probably my favorite of the bunch.

    Great post, Retroist! I’d like to see this become a regular feature. :)

  8. Yes…The 3 I didn’t catch were Summer Catch (No pun intended), Rush Hour 2, and Rat Race. I should also point out that I was working at a movie theatre…so I wasn’t losing any money at the time…so I almost watched everything. :)

  9. Atari Adventure Square says:

    I unfortunately saw eight of those movies, two on the big screen.

    Some friends had won passes for Rat Race and we had fun seeing it with an audience.
    Reminded me of Mad Mad Mad World (which I actually saw in a revival run as a slightly-bored toddler), though blessedly shorter.

    It wasn’t laugh-out-loud comedy, really, but quite enjoyable nonsense.
    And, yeah, Midnight Madness (which I noticed recently came out on dvd) is better, but John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson and some others have fun with the mayhem.

    The other big screener was, obviously, POTA. Couldn’t miss it and would’ve rather, after seeing it.
    So many things hurt about that one. Mostly, it seemed nobody involved cared or respected the original.

    I just re-read Pierre Boule’s novel and it’s so full of wonderful bits – similar yet different than the 1968 classic – that they should’ve just done that.
    Eh. Hollywood.

    Ghosts Of Mars was both appalling and mesmerizing. I’ve seen it several times since (still a huge Carpenter fan) and still can’t quite believe it.
    I still like it better the other two Mars movies of that time (Mission To Mars and Red Planet).
    Anybody rewatching these should add X-Files’ 1st season stinker ‘Space’ to their playlist for some impressive levels of Mars suckage.

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