Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Kong & Narnia Top the Holiday Box Office

Source: Comingsoon.net

Peter Jackson's King Kong narrowly beat Andrew Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for first place over the four-day Christmas holiday weekend. The former earned an estimated $31.4 million from 3,576 theaters, while the latter brought in $30.1 million from 3,853 theaters. Universal's Kong, which carried a budget of about $207 million, has collected $118.7 million ($272.3 million worldwide) in 13 days and Narnia, which cost $180 million, has made $163.5 million ($301.5 million worldwide) in 18 days.

Sony's Fun with Dick and Jane, starring Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni, took third place for the four days, making $23.5 million and pushing its total to $31.1 million since opening Wednesday. The comedy remake cost $100 million to produce.

20th Century Fox sequel Cheaper by the Dozen 2, with Steve Martin and Eugene Levy, came in at #4 with $14.8 million. The comedy has earned $20.1 million since its Wednesday debut.

Fox's other comedy, The Family Stone, rounded out the top five with $10.9 million. The $18 million-budgeted feature has garnered $30.1 million in two weeks.

Sony expanded Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha nationwide into 1,547 theaters which allowed it to add $10.2 million in its third weekend in theaters. The $85 million drama's total is at $13.3 million so far.

Johnny Knoxville's new comedy, The Ringer, took the seventh spot with $8.4 million from 1,829 theaters.

Two new movies were released on Christmas Day as well, and their box office results only reflect Sunday and Monday. Coming in at #8, Jennifer Aniston's Rumor Has It... collected $7.5 million for the two days from 2,815 theaters and The Weinstein Co.'s Wolf Creek made $5.9 million from 1,749 locations.

10th place belonged to Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which earned another $5.7 million from 2,521 theaters for a grand total of $262.4 million domestically after six weeks. That total is good for the 28th spot on the all-time domestic blockbuster list, while its $759.4 million worldwide is the 19th best on that all-time list.

The Steven Spielberg-directed thriller Munich also was released in 532 theaters and pulled in $5.7 million for the 11th spot. The $70 million film averaged a strong $10,734 per site.