'Magic' at the Box Office

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"Practical Magic" finished No. 1 at the box office this weekend, according to preliminary estimates by Exhibitor Relations. The benign-witches movie starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock pulled in $13.6 million in its debut. The evil-doll movie "Bride of Chucky" was a strong second with $11.6 million, followed closely by "Antz" with $11.3 million. The cop buddy picture "Rush Hour" continued to do well with $8.7 million, while the new Oprah Winfrey-starrer "Beloved" had an $8.5 million showing. Eddie Murphy's "Holy Man," however, lost more than 50 percent of its already paltry audience in its second week out with $2.4 million.