Box Office Report

Practical Magic

Potter's a wizard at the box office, with another $20 million. Dave Karger's online-only report: ''Goblet of Fire'' beats out ''Aeon Flux'' and ''Yours, Mine & Ours''

CATCH THAT KID Potter and Co. come in at No. 1 for the third consecutive week
CATCH THAT KID Potter and Co. come in at No. 1 for the third consecutive week

Charlize Theron was no match for Harry Potter, as the boy wizard easily topped Aeon Flux to rule the box office for the third week in a row.

Still, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire took a major post-Thanksgiving hit, plummeting 63 percent to $20.5 million, according to studio estimates, bringing its total to $229.8 million. In a few days it'll surpass War of the Worlds ($234.3 million) to become the No. 2 film of 2005 (behind, of course, Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith).

Aeon Flux, meanwhile, premiered with a poor $13.1 million, despite being the only new wide release of the weekend. Its showing was even worse than another action film starring a female Oscar winner: Halle Berry's Catwoman, which opened with $16.7 million in October 2004. Beyond the cult following of the MTV animated series, no one apparently cared about this action heroine.

Walk the Line slipped to third place, grossing another $10 million for a total so far of $68.8 million, followed by the family comedy Yours, Mine & Ours with $8.4 million for the weekend. Rounding out the top five was Just Friends, which saw a relatively small drop of 39 percent to $5.6 million.

Originally posted Dec 04, 2005
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