Mouse and hitman tie for movie honours

A talking mouse and a vengeful mob hitman fought to a virtual tie for the No.1 US film during an unusually slow weekend at cinemas.

A talking mouse and a vengeful mob hitman fought to a virtual tie for the No.1 US film during an unusually slow weekend at cinemas.

Stuart Little 2, the sequel about the lovable rodent with Michael J. Fox’s voice, debuted with $15.6m, according to studio estimates today.

That was a whisker ahead of Road to Perdition - the Depression-era gangster tale starring Tom Hanks which grossed $15.57m in its second weekend.

Rankings could change when final numbers are released tomorrow.

‘‘We’ll settle it tomorrow, Stuart against Tom Hanks,‘‘ said Jeff Blake, head of distribution for Sony, which released Stuart Little 2.

Men in Black II, the No. 1 movie for two straight weekends, fell to third place with $15m, lifting its 19-day total to $158.6m.

The top 12 films grossed $104.4m for Friday through Sunday which was down 23% from the same weekend last year and broke a string of six straight weekends of rising revenues.

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