January 6th, 2004
Yep, the juggernaut
of The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
stayed in first place for the third weekend in a row,
making a lump sum of 28.1 million and stands to cross 300
million this week. Chances are good that the final
installment will cross 400 million domestically, and with
fans loving it to death and awards season, expect to see the
movie on the top ten list for awhile.
position and dropping slightly in gross was the fun family
comedy remake Cheaper By The Dozen with 21.6 million
which should make 100 million by next weekend. Also holding
up incredibly well is Something's Gotta Give which
took in another 11.7 million and should pass 100 million as
well this month.
While it's not
making in big money like LOTR, the Miramax Civil War epic
Cold Mountain took in 11.5 million and should keep
making a steady sum in the weeks ahead, especially as Oscar
nods approach. Paycheck took in 9.8 mil this past
weekend while Peter Pan took in 8.8. How they will do
in the weeks ahead remains uncertain.
Mona Lisa Smile
won't be one of Julia Robert's bigger hits, but is doing
decent business. Bringing in 8.3 million over the
Friday-Sunday period, so far it has made a decent 50
million. Also hanging on is The Last Samuari which is
headed for 100 million box office and made 7.3 this weekend.
Speaking of big stars and big movies, it seems like this
won't be a major smash for Cruise either.
Expanding to more
theaters but still in limited release was the British comedy
Calendar Girls with 4.4 million and the sleeper dark
comedy Bad Santa with 2.9 million. With only the teen
romantic comedy "Chasing Liberty" opening next weekend, most
of these movies will probably stay on the list. But how will
they do? Stay tuned, DVD fans... stay tuned.