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14th Week On Top

“Titanic,” the movie that can’t stop breaking records, was tops at the box office for an unprecedented 14th weekend in a row.

The previous best runs atop the weekly box office standings were 13 weeks each by “Tootsie” in 1982 and “Beverly Hills Cop” in 1984.

“We’ve never seen anything like ‘Titanic,”’ said John Krier, an analyst for Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. “We can’t get over it. We keep waiting for it to drop, but it doesn’t. No one can quite explain the power it has over the public.”

“Titanic” earned $17.1 million in North American ticket sales this weekend.

The “Titanic” streak at No. 1 is the longest since studios began publishing weekly box office tallies in the early 1980s.

Last week, James Cameron’s $200 million movie passed “Star Wars” as the top-grossing movie in North America and has collected $494.5 million to date. Counting its several re-releases, 1977’s “Star Wars” grossed $461 million.


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