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The latest Star Wars movie took in $116.3-million in its first four days and became the second-fastest film _ behind only Spider-Man _ to top $100-million.
After grossing $30.1-million on opening day Thursday, Star Wars: Episode II _ Attack of the Clones collected $86.15-million Friday to Sunday, the third-highest debut ever for a three-day weekend, behind Spider-Man and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Attack of the Clones did not approach box-office records set two weeks ago by Spider-Man, which debuted with $114.8-million in three days. But Episode II also played in fewer theaters than Spider-Man because Star Wars creator George Lucas was choosy about locations, insisting on top-of-the-line cinemas with digital sound.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.
1. Star Wars: Episode II _ Attack of the Clones, $86.15-million.
2. Spider-Man, $46-million.
3. Unfaithful, $10.3-million.
4. About a Boy, $8.4-million.
5. The New Guy, $6.5-million.
6. Changing Lanes, $3.1-million.
7. The Scorpion King, $2.7-million.
8. The Rookie, $2-million.
9. Murder by Numbers, $1.7-million.
10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding, $1.2-million.
"Extra' to air Blake interview
TV program Extra said it has obtained an interview with accused murderer Robert Blake in which the actor admits to having tendencies to kill and expresses empathy for death row inmates. The interview is more than 30 years old.
The multipart segment will air on Extra beginning today, featuring an interview Blake gave in 1968 while promoting his film, In Cold Blood.
When asked if he possessed killer tendencies, Blake said, "I've had those all my life now." He then asked the interviewer, "You never wanted to kill anybody?"
Blake is currently awaiting trial for the murder of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley.