Sunday, October 16, 2005

The Fog Rolls Into First Place


Columbia Pictures' The Fog took over the top spot with a narrow victory over last week's champ, Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The remake of John Carpenter's original was directed by Rupert Wainwright and stars Tom Welling, Maggie Grace and Selma Blair. It earned an estimated $12.2 million from 2,972 theaters for an average of $4,104 per location. The horror-thriller cost only $18 million to make.

DreamWorks' and Aardman's Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit dipped just 27% in ticket sales from its first weekend and added $11.7 million for a total of $33.3 million so far. The claymation feature is currently playing in 3,656 theaters, the most of any film in the top 12.

Third place belonged to writer/director Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown, starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, which made $11 million from 2,517 theaters for an average of $4,370. The Paramount release was budgeted at $45 million.

The Jodie Foster thriller Flightplan earned $6.5 million in its fourth weekend. Directed by Robert Schwentke, the Touchstone film has pushed its total $70.8 million.

20th Century Fox's In Her Shoes, with Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine, rounded out the top five with $6.1 million. After two weeks, the Curtin Hanson-directed drama has earned $20.1 million.

New Line Cinema's Domino, directed by Tony Scott and starring Keira Knightley, opened to just $4.7 million from 2,223 theaters. The action-thriller averaged $2,103 per site.

In limited release, THINKFilm's Where the Truth Lies earned $36,100 from just nine theaters. Written and directed by Atom Egoyan, the unrated release stars Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth and Alison Lohman.