Movie-goers across the country enjoyed seeing Los Angeles destroyed by yet another natural calamity. The $100 million Tommy Lee Jones disaster flick pulled in an estimated $14.7 million, easily outpacing the weekend's other big debut film, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, which finished with a mediocre $7.6 million.
However, Volcano's total is slightly lower than the $18.5 million opening for the year's other magma movie Dante's Peak, which bowed in February. The two eruption epics were set to be released within weeks of each other before 20th Century Fox decided to delay Volcano. Universal's Dante's Peak has earned about $65 million.
Meanwhile, Anaconda, which topped the box office the past two weekends, finished in third with $7.3 million. In 17 days, the giant snake has swallowed $43.2 million.
Jim Carrey captured the 1997 box office crown as his Liar Liar earned approximatel $6.8 million this weekend, bringing its total to $143.5 million. The comedy finished in fourth.
In fifth place was The Saint, which continued to confound critics in its fourth weekend. Despite poor reviews, the film has had definite staying power, increasing its haul by $5.0 million to $48.2 million.
The bottom five:
Murder At 1600...$4.7 million
Grosse Pointe Blank ...$3.0 million
The Devil's Own...$1.2 million
Chasing Amy ...$1.1 million
(tie)That Old Feeling...$1.1 million