Box Office

'Elf' Worth

Neo finally died last week -- by choking on a candy cane. Again proving that a second weekend can be more important than the first in understanding a movie's performance, the Will Ferrell comedy Elf capitalized on its wide appeal, moving into the top spot with $26.3 million, while The Matrix Revolutions dropped a disastrous 66 percent to No. 3. Russell Crowe's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World bowed at second place with a shipshape $25.1 million (but let's see what happens in week 2). And wrapping up a tough week for Warner Bros., Looney Tunes: Back in Action took in just $9.3 million, a reminder that, sometimes, all it takes is one weekend to tank.

TOP 20 NUMBER WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND OF PER-SITE IN TO GROSS* SITES+ AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 ELF $26.3 3,381 $7,786 2 $70.4 2 MASTER AND COMMANDER $25.1 3,101 $8,096 1 $25.1 3 THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS $16.4 3,502 $4,687 2 $114.3 4 BROTHER BEAR $12.1 3,030 $3,979 4 $63.1 5 LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION $9.3 2,903 $3,210 1 $9.3 6 LOVE ACTUALLY $8.7 1,177 $7,390 2 $18.9 7 SCARY MOVIE 3 $6.1 2,960 $2,063 4 $102.3 8 RADIO $4.8 2,416 $1,990 4 $43.5 9 TUPAC: RESURRECTION $4.6 801 $5,784 1 $4.6 10 MYSTIC RIVER $3.2 1,550 $2,093 6 $45.6 11 RUNAWAY JURY $2.8 1,582 $1,760 5 $44.5 12 THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE $2.6 1,607 $1,627 5 $77.6 13 SCHOOL OF ROCK $1.8 1,208 $1,525 7 $76.4 14 KILL BILL -- VOL. 1 $1.4 903 $1,581 6 $67.4 15 LOST IN TRANSLATION $0.7 301 $2,346 10 $27.3 16 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN $0.6 425 $1,422 19 $303.6 17 THE HUMAN STAIN $0.6 213 $2,640 3 $3.1 18 INTOLERABLE CRUELTY $0.5 393 $1,280 6 $34.4 19 UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN $0.4 383 $1,165 8 $42.1 20 THE GOSPEL OF JOHN $0.4 113 $3,255 8 $1.9

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF NOV. 14-16 *WEEKEND-GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS +INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

HALLE BERRY Track Record OPENING NUMBER DOMESTIC WEEKEND* OF SITES GROSS

5/2/03 X2: X-MEN UNITED $85.6 3,741 $214.9 11/22/02 DIE ANOTHER DAY $47.0 3,314 $160.2 12/26/01 MONSTER'S BALL $0.1 7 $31.3 6/8/01 SWORDFISH $18.1 2,678 $69.8 7/14/00 X-MEN $54.5 3,025 $157.3 8/28/98 WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE? $3.9 1,369 $12.4 3/28/97 B.A.P.S. $2.7 1,204 $7.2 3/17/95 LOSING ISAIAH $2.5 912 $7.6 7/1/92 BOOMERANG $13.6 2,127 $70.1 6/7/91 JUNGLE FEVER $5.3 636 $32.6

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