I have broken my hand, so my box office will be abbreviated today.
SUNDAY AM: The big news this weekend is New Line’s inability to cash in on The Passion of the Christ audience; its The Nativity only placed fourth Friday night, behind Bond and the birds. Otherwise, that was the only major movie opening wide this weekend; the rest were holdovers. After this weekend, 007’s cume is nearly $116 mil, while the penguins’ cume is nearly $122 mil. Here are Top 10 grosses for December 1-3:
1. HAPPY FEET (Warner, 3,804 theaters) $4.3 mil Fri (-72%), $8.4 mil Sat
wkd $17.7 mil, cume $121.7 mil
2. CASINO ROYALE (Sony/MGM, 3,386 theaters) $4.6 mil Fri (-64%), $6.8 mil Sat
wkd $15.1 mil, cume $115.9 mil
3. DEJA VU (Disney/Buena Vista, 3,108 theaters) $3.4 mil Fri (-59%), $4.9 mil Sat
wkd $11 mil, cume $44.1 mil
4. THE NATIVITY STORY (New Line, 3,183 theaters) $2.3 mil Fri (New), $2.8 mil Sat
wkd $7 mil
5. DECK THE HALLS (Fox, 3,205 theaters) $1.8 mil Fri (-64%), $3.1 mil Sat
wkd $6.7 mil, cume $25.2 mil
6. BORAT (Fox, 2,237 theaters) $1.4 mil Fri (-66%), $2.1 mil Sat
wkd $4.9 mil, cume $116.2 mil
7. THE SANTA CLAUSE 3 (Disney, 2,617 theaters) $1.1 mil Fri (-72%), $2.3 mil Sat
wkd $4.9 mil, cume $73 mil
8. TURISTAS (Fox Atomic, 1,570 theaters) $1.2 mil Fri (New), $1.3 mil Sat
wkd $3.5 mil
9. STRANGER THAN FICTION (Sony, 1,804 theaters) $925K Fri (-62%), $1.6 mil Sat
wkd $3.4 mil, cume $36.8 mil
10. VAN WILDER 2 (MGM, 1,979 theaters) $900K Fri (New), $911K Sat
wkd $2.3 mil
Other movies of interest…
12. BOBBY (MGM, 1,670 theaters) $593K Fri (-69%), $877K Sat
wkd $1.9 mil, cume $9.1 mil
13. THE FOUNTAIN (Warner, 1,472 theaters) $545K Fri (-64%), $662K Sat
wkd $1.7 mil, cume $8.1 mil
15. TENACIOUS D (New Line, 1,919 theaters) $422K Fri (-68%), $557K Sat
wkd $1.2 mil, cume $7.4 mil
16. BABEL (Paramount Vantage, 609 theaters) $280K Fri (-61%), $454K Sat
wkd $1 mil, cume $16.7 mil
18. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION (WIP), 625 theaters) $241K Fri (-70%), $388 Sat
wkd $831K, cume $4.2 mil
22. THE HISTORY BOYS (Fox Searchlight, 2 theaters) $20K Fri (-46%), $37K Sat
wkd $78K, cume $260K
23. 10 ITEMS OR LESS (ThinkFilm, 15 theaters) $11K Fri (New), $16K Sat
wkd $39K
24. TWO WEEKS (MGM, 1 theater) $2K Fri (New), $1K Sat
wkd $5K