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By United Press International   |   June 10, 2002 at 3:00 AM
ANOTHER TIDY 'SUM'

"The Sum of All Fears" held on to the top spot at the U.S. box office over the weekend, grossing $16.8 million in its second weekend in release and running its 10-day total to $61.8 million.

In its opening weekend, the new Ellen Burstyn-Sandra Bullock movie "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" took in $16.4 million, followed in third place by "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones," which added $13.9 million for a four-week total of $255 million.

The new Anthony Hopkins-Chris Rock action comedy "Bad Company" opened in fourth place with $10.5 million, followed by the sixth week of "Spider-Man," which grossed $10 million and has now reached $370.1 million. "Spider-Man" passed "Jurassic Park" to become the fifth-biggest blockbuster in U.S. history, and needs $29.7 million more to overtake "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" for the fourth spot on the all-time list.

The rest of the Top 10 this weekend were: "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," "Undercover Brother," "Insomnia," "Enough" and "About a Boy."


HONORS FOR 'IN THE BEDROOM' DIRECTOR

The American Film Institute will honor one of its graduates, "In the Bedroom" director Todd Field, with 12th annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

The award -- established in 1991 by Schaffner's widow -- is presented to recognize the work of graduates from the AFI Conservatory or its Directing Workshop for Women. Field graduated from the conservatory in 1995.

He will receive the medal Wednesday when the AFI presents Tom Hanks with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

Field previously won the AFI's Schaffner Fellow Award for his thesis film, "Nonnie & Alex."

Schaffner, who died in 1989, was best known as the director of "Planet of the Apes," "Patton" and "The Boys from Brazil."


'BLACK HAWK DOWN' -- THE GAME

The bungled U.S. military mission in Mogadishu, Somalia that was the subject of the hit movie "Black Hawk Down" is now being made into a video game, "Delta Force -- Black Hawk Down."

NovaLogic, based in Calabasas, Calif., insists the game will have a patriotic tone intended to help educate the public about the military disaster. But Mark Bowden, the journalist who wrote the best-selling book upon which the movie was based, has said he does not want to be associated with the game.

The company said the game will depict the mission dramatized in the movie, but will not replicate the true outcome of the mission -- and will refrain from showing scenes of the bodies of U.S. servicemen being paraded through the streets -- in the interest of not offending anyone.

A game about Mogadishu prompts the question whether there will ever be a game based on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. NovaLogic reportedly has a game in the works about the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan.


JUDGE RULES FOR WOODY

A judge hearing Woody Allen's lawsuit against former producer Jean Doumanian ruled on Friday that the defendants wrongly interpreted its contracts with Allen -- leading to speculation that the matter will be settled out of court.

Allen sued Doumanian for $12 million, accusing her of withholding his share of the profits from films they made together since 1993 -- "Bullets over Broadway," "Celebrity," "Deconstructing Harry," "Everyone Says I Love You," "Mighty Aphrodite," "Small Time Crooks," "Sweet and Lowdown" and "Wild Man Blues."

Doumanian and Safra used a formula that involved subtracting losses from weak box-office performers from the profits of movies that made money, to calculate the amount of profits they were to share with Allen. The filmmaker's suit contends he and the defendants only agreed to use that formula for the first three movies they made together -- not for the rest.

Doumanian and Safra said each of the subsequent deals, made for one picture at a time, extended the terms of the first contract.

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