Los Angeles, CA (Variety) - As Hollywood pundits got ready for the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, moviegoers across North America sent the re-release of the 1996 Chris Elliot comedy "Cabin Boy" sailing into the No. 1 spot at the holiday weekend box office.
The supremely silly film was turned loose again in order to cash in on the current success of some of its cast members, namely Brian Doyle-Murray, Ricki Lake, Andy Richter, and David Letterman, and the public responded well to the ploy as the feature sold $21.1 million in tickets over the three day period.
The new comedy "Kangaroo Jack" hopped into the No. 2 spot at the holiday weekend box office. The family caper sold an estimated $17.7 million in tickets in its first three days of release, followed by the Martin Lawrence comedy "National Security" which opened at No. 3 with $15.7 million.
The romantic comedy "Just Married," last weekend's champion, slipped to No. 4 in its second round with $12.5 million. "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" appeared to have the edge over "Catch Me If You Can" for the No. 5 slot: $11.4 million vs. $11.3 million.
The studios will issue four-day estimates on Monday, when America observes the birthday of Martin Luther King, with final data due out on Tuesday.
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