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'Haunted' Holiday

One rule of Thanksgiving has it that after folks finish scarfing down their deep-fried turduckens, they hit the movies, thus boosting grosses above the previous weekend. That said, The Cat in the Hat's haul should be taken with a spoonful of stuffing, since it dropped 36 percent. Faring decently were Eddie Murphy's kiddie fright flick, The Haunted Mansion (No. 2), and the drunken St. Nick comedy Bad Santa (No. 5), while The Missing's $10.8 million take wasn't bad considering it's an R-rated Western with no huge stars. Elf and Love Actually deserve an extra helping of pumpkin pie for holding nicely. As for Timeline, well, no matter how you slice the turkey...it's still a turkey.

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

1 DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN $24.5 3,467 $7,055 2 $75.8 THE HAT 2 THE HAUNTED MANSION $24.3 3,122 $7,777 1 $34.0 3 ELF $21.6 3,202 $6,761 4 $129.0 4 GOTHIKA $12.9 2,382 $5,402 2 $41.3 5 BAD SANTA $12.3 2,005 $6,131 1 $16.8 6 MASTER AND COMMANDER $12.0 2,703 $4,458 3 $66.6 7 THE MISSING $10.8 2,756 $3,931 1 $15.2 8 TIMELINE $8.4 2,787 $3,029 1 $12.4 9 LOVE ACTUALLY $8.2 1,714 $4,795 4 $43.4 10 BROTHER BEAR $4.9 2,034 $2,395 6 $77.7 11 THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS $4.8 2,055 $2,330 4 $133.3 12 LOONEY TUNES: $2.5 2,135 $1,174 3 $18.7 BACK IN ACTION 13 RADIO $1.7 1,101 $1,549 6 $50.0 14 MYSTIC RIVER $1.6 755 $2,133 8 $50.9 15 SCARY MOVIE 3 $1.1 1,324 $844 6 $108.5 16 21 GRAMS $1.0 73 $13,539 2 $1.6 17 KAL HO NAA HO $0.8 52 $14,581 1 $1.0 18 RUNAWAY JURY $0.7 517 $1,358 7 $48.0 19 LOST IN TRANSLATION $0.5 177 $3,075 12 $28.9 20 THE HUMAN STAIN $0.5 355 $1,449 5 $4.7

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF NOV. 28-30 *WEEKEND-GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS

+ INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

OPENING NUMBER DOMESTIC SELECTED DANCE MOVIES WEEKEND* OF SITES GROSS

1977 SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER N/A N/A $94.2 4/15/83 FLASHDANCE $4.1 1,140 $92.9 1/12/01 SAVE THE LAST DANCE $23.4 2,230 $91.1 2/17/84 FOOTLOOSE $8.6 1,384 $80.0 7/15/83 STAYING ALIVE N/A N/A $65.4 8/21/87 DIRTY DANCING $3.9 975 $62.9 5/4/84 BREAKIN' $6.0 1,069 $35.8 6/8/84 BEAT STREET $5.2 1,380 $16.6 8/21/98 DANCE WITH ME $4.5 1,467 $15.9 12/19/84 BREAKIN' 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO $2.9 707 $15.8

Originally posted Dec 12, 2003 Published in issue #741 Dec 12, 2003 Order article reprints
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