Box Office

Snow Excuse

Box office analysis may not be an exact science, but the world of Bill Nye factored prominently in last week's tallies. To blame for the middling $24.3 million opening of Tom Cruise's Japan epic, The Last Samurai? Meteorology -- a freak blizzard froze ticket sales throughout the Northeast. To credit for the No. 17 berth of The Fellowship of the Ring's rerelease? Chemistry -- a powerful addiction compelled fans to drop $473,463 on a movie they already have on DVD. To thank for the solid, $12.9 million debut of the urban dance-athon Honey? Demography -- because, really, what else were folks obsessed with Jessica Alba's belly button going to watch?

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

1 THE LAST SAMURAI $24.3 2,908 $8,346 1 $24.3 2 HONEY $12.9 1,942 $6,620 1 $12.9 3 THE HAUNTED MANSION $9.4 3,122 $3,009 2 $46.0 4 ELF $8.0 3,119 $2,574 5 $139.5 5 DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT $7.1 3,409 $2,095 3 $85.3 6 BAD SANTA $7.0 2,091 $3,354 2 $27.1 7 GOTHIKA $5.3 2,205 $2,381 3 $49.5 8 THE MISSING $4.0 2,756 $1,464 2 $21.8 9 MASTER AND COMMANDER $3.7 2,344 $1,588 4 $72.6 10 LOVE ACTUALLY $3.6 1,672 $2,130 5 $48.7 11 TIMELINE $2.7 2,787 $979 2 $16.8 12 THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS $1.4 1,257 $1,076 5 $135.7 13 BROTHER BEAR $1.3 1,616 $779 7 $79.5 14 MYSTIC RIVER $0.6 505 $1,233 9 $51.9 15 LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION $0.5 1,010 $526 4 $19.4 16 21 GRAMS $0.5 74 $6,788 3 $2.4 17 LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP $0.5 126 $3,758 1** $313.8 18 RADIO $0.4 515 $780 7 $50.6 19 KAL HO NAA HO $0.3 51 $5,953 2 $1.5 20 LOST IN TRANSLATION $0.3 156 $1,819 13 $29.3

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF DEC. 5 -- 7 *WEEKEND-GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS +INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS **RERELEASE

DIANE KEATON Selected Films OPENING NUMBER DOMESTIC WEEKEND* OF SITES GROSS

4/27/01 TOWN & COUNTRY $3.0 2,222 $6.7 2/18/00 HANGING UP $13.6 2,618 $36.1 12/18/96 MARVIN'S ROOM $0.06 6 $12.8 9/20/96 THE FIRST WIVES CLUB $18.9 1,922 $105.5 8/20/93 MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY $2.0 268 $11.3 12/20/91 FATHER OF THE BRIDE $7.0 1,561 $89.3 10/7/87 BABY BOOM $1.2 195 $26.7 12/12/86 CRIMES OF THE HEART $1.3 246 $22.8 1977 ANNIE HALL N/A N/A $27.3 3/15/72 THE GODFATHER N/A N/A $135.0

Originally posted Dec 19, 2003 Published in issue #742 Dec 19, 2003 Order article reprints