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"The Big Hit' scores bigger than "City of Angels'

Crime paid more than love as The Big Hit seized the top box office slot in the United States and Canada in its opening weekend, while Titanic became the first film to gross more than $1-billion internationally.

The Big Hit, an action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips and Antonio Sabato Jr. with China Chow as their kidnap victim, earned an estimated $11-million, surpassing the supernatural romance City of Angels, which led for its first two weekends.

City of Angels, starring Nicolas Cage as an angel who has to choose between immortality and life as a human with heart surgeon Meg Ryan as his love interest, came in second with $9-million.

Titanic was tied for third at $5-million with The Object of My Affection, starring Jennifer Aniston of Friends as a pregnant woman in love with a gay man.

Titanic, in its 19th week of domestic release, has sold $561-million in the United States and Canada. Elsewhere in the world it passed $1-billion this week.

The estimated grosses for the top movies at North American theaters for Friday through Sunday: (1) The Big Hit, $11-million; (2) City of Angels, $9-million; (tie for 3), The Object of My Affection and Titanic, both $5-million; (5) Lost in Space, $4.4-million; (6) Paulie, $4.3-million; (7) Neil Simon's The Odd Couple II, $2.5-million; (8) The Players Club, $2.2-million; (9) Mercury Rising, $2.1-million; and (10) Scream 2, $1.8-million.