Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Box Office - December 2 - 4


1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - $19.9 million
2. Aeon Flux - $12.7 million
3. Walk The Line - $9.5 million
4. Yours, Mine and Ours - $8.3 million
5. Just Friends - $5.6 million
6. Rent - $4.4 million
7. Chicken Little - $4.4 million
8. Pride and Prejudice - $4.4 million
9. Derailed - $2.3 million
10. In The Mix - $1.9 million

Quite a week. The usual post-U.S. Thanksgiving numbers, as every top 15 film's box office dropped over 38% from last weekend. Business was down a bit compared to last year and 2005, as a whole, trails 2004 by about 8%.

Aeon Flux failed to unseat Harry Potter, which is a bit of a surprise. Shockingly, Flux actually exceeded distributor Paramount's expectations of a $10 million opening. I didn't realize it, but the post-Thanksgiving weekend is normally not a weekend when studios release anything wide. Obviously, Paramount saw a window of opportunity for a film that, based on its horrible reviews, might have been buried against stiff (or any) competition.

Things heat up this week, with the wide release of Syriana, which expanded from 5 to 9 theatres this past weekend and still drew a per-screen average of $57,935. Also, The Chronicles of Narnia bows this weekend and should open in the $20 - $30 million range. There's also a bunch of narrow releases for Academy Award consideration: Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, Memoirs of A Geisha, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), Mrs Henderson Presents starring Dame Judi Dench and The World's Fastest Indian, featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Until next week.