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Orange County’s box-office results

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Here’s information about Orange County’s first week at the box office. Congratulations Colin!

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Moviegoers weary of pre-Oscar seriousness escaped to “Orange County” over the weekend, but the teen comedy couldn’t quite match the struggles of a hobbit and a mathematician at the box office.

“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” was in first place for the fourth weekend in a row, grossing $16.2 million and pushing its total take to $228.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

“A Beautiful Mind,” which stars Russell Crowe in the true story of a schizophrenic math genius and expanded to wide release last weekend, held its second-place spot with $15.8 million over the weekend for a total of $59 million.

In contrast to those Oscar contenders was “Orange County,” which stars Tom Hanks’ son Colin Hanks as a student who goes to wild extremes to get into Stanford. The film opened with $15.1 million over the weekend.

‘“Orange County’ certainly capitalized on a marketplace long on Oscar contenders and short on outrageous comedies,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. “It came into a pretty serious marketplace and shook it up.”

Besides Hanks, “Orange County” showcases industry progeny Schuyler Fisk (Sissy Spacek’s daughter) and Jake Kasdan (son of director Lawrence Kasdan, whose credits include “The Big Chill”).

Fisk plays the girlfriend of Hanks’ character and Jake Kasdan directed the film. The main character’s dopehead brother is played by Jack Black, who recently starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in “Shallow Hal.”

“We’re very pleased with it. It’s on the high end of our expectations,” said Paramount distribution president Wayne Lewellen. “Obviously the appeal is to the younger teen-age audience.”

“A Beautiful Mind” which added 369 new theaters over the weekend, showed impressive staying power, falling just 5 percent from its take last weekend. “Lord of the Rings,” in contrast, dropped 30 percent.

Overall the weekend’s top 12 films grossed an estimated $89.9 million, down 14 percent from last weekend and down 28 percent from the same weekend last year, when “Save the Last Dance” and “Cast Away” topped the box office. However, the same weekend last year was the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

This year the King holiday comes next weekend, which should contribute to another solid round of box office numbers, Dergarabedian said.

“Black Hawk Down,” Ridley Scott’s combat story about the failed U.S. military sortie in Somalia in 1993, will be expanding into wide release. The big new release is Disney’s “Snow Dogs,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as a Miami dentist who inherits a pesky team of snow dogs in Alaska.

“There’s a lot out there. There’s a lot of movies that people want to see, Dergarabedian said. “It seems to me to be a very strong January.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” $16.2 million.

2. “A Beautiful Mind,” $15.8 million.

3. “Orange County,” $15.1 million.

4. “Ocean’s Eleven,” $7.5 million.

5. “The Royal Tenenbaums,” $6.4 million.

6. “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” $5.5 million.

7. “Vanilla Sky,” $5 million.

8. “Kate & Leopold,” $5 million.

9. “Gosford Park,” $3.8 million.

10. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” $3.4 million.