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'TITANIC' RISES TO THE TOP AND SETS THREE-DAY RECORD OF $35.6 MILLION

"Titanic" earned $35.6 million to set a three-day December box office record and retain the No. 1 position, far ahead of "Tomorrow Never Dies," according to studio estimates Sunday.

The $200 million ocean-disaster epic, the most expensive movie ever made, eclipsed the $33 million set by this month's debut of "Scream 2." The horror sequel, which still holds the record for a December opening, dipped to sixth place.

"Tomorrow Never Dies," the latest James Bond adventure, sold $21 million in tickets.

Among new films, the Jack Nicholson comedy "As Good as It Gets" was a winner debuting in third place with $12.5 in ticket sales.

The new Quentin Tarantino film, "Jackie Brown," debuted at No. 5 with $8.8 million, and "An American Werewolf in Paris" was seventh with $7.8 million.

"Mr. Magoo," the Leslie Nielsen comedy based on the near-sighted cartoon character, debuted in ninth place with $5.5 million.

The most significant disaster was "The Postman," with Kevin Costner as star, director and producer. The poorly reviewed saga about a post-apocalyptic mail carrier cost more than $80 million to make and had less than $4 million in opening weekend receipts to finish out of the top 10.

Final figures were to be released today. The other top 10 films were:

"Mouse Hunt," $10 million.

"Scream 2," $8.7 million.

"Flubber," $5.8 million.

Amistad," $5.1 million.

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