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Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Four

Weekend Wrap-Up for December 22-24, 2006

By John Hamann

December 24, 2006

Behold the dangers of asking for a SkeleRoboRaptor for Christmas.

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Happy Feet finishes in eighth, as too many weeks have passed since opening, and it begins to drown in competition it can't shrug off. Happy Feet earned another $5.1 million in its sixth weekend of release. This Warner Bros. release has become absolutely huge since opening to $41.5 million back in November, and has held long enough to gain even more dollars from this lucrative Christmas season. Currently it sits with $159.1 million, and could be at $175 million by the end of next weekend.

Finishing in ninth place is The Holiday, as moviegoers are too busy chasing other shiny objects than going to see this one. The Holiday earned $5.0 million from 2,617 venues, and was off 37% from the previous frame. Currently the star-studded holiday flick has earned $35.1 million.

The Nativity Story finishes tenth, as the New Line Christmas film manages to hang on to a top ten spot (barely) over what potentially could have been its biggest weekend. The Nativity Story earned $4.7 million this weekend from 1,824 venues. It has now earned $31.3 million.

Because of Christmas Eve, comparing this year to last year just doesn't work. If we roll the calendar back to 2000, when Castaway was on top, we get a clearer picture. In 2000, the top ten films pulled in an estimated $102.8 million. This year, the top ten films earned a similar $104.9 million. That's not a very good sign for the box office, as ticket prices have increased dramatically since 2000.




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Top Ten for Weekend of December 22-24, 2006
Rank
Film
Number
of Sites
Percentage Drop from Last Week
Estimated
Gross ($)
Cumulative
Gross ($)
1 Night at the Museum 3,685 New 30.8 30.8
2 The Pursuit of Happyness 2,863 43% 15.0 15.0
3 Rocky Balboa 3,017 New 12.5 22.2
4 The Good Shepherd 2,215 New 10.0 10.0
5 Charlotte's Web 3,728 30% 8.0 26.8
6 Eragon 3,030 -69% 7.2 37.7
7 We Are Marshall 2,606 New 6.6 6.6
8 Happy Feet 2,565 38% 5.1 159.1
9 The Holiday 2,635 38% 5.0 35.1
10 The Nativity Story 1,824 0% 4.7 31.3

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