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'Cheaper' Trick

Just because there were no major releases over 2004's first weekend doesn't mean folks skipped the multiplex. On the contrary, audiences dumped another $28.2 million into Return of the King's treasure chest, which has swelled to $290 million in three weeks, outpacing its mighty predecessors (at this point Two Towers had made $261 million and Fellowship of the Ring just $206 million). Speaking of returns, Steve Martin's Cheaper by the Dozen stayed on its surprise hot streak, Calendar Girls and Big Fish continued to draw big grosses on fewer screens, and indies 21 Grams and In America proved that you needn't be an orc to make a killing.

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

1 LOTR: THE RETURN OF THE KING $28.2 3,703 $7,610 3 $290.4 2 CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN $21.6 3,307 $6,545 2 $85.6 3 SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE $11.7 2,808 $4,168 4 $81.2 4 COLD MOUNTAIN $11.6 2,216 $5,226 2 $43.7 5 PAYCHECK $9.8 2,762 $3,562 2 $38.6 6 PETER PAN $8.8 2,813 $3,135 2 $34.2 7 MONA LISA SMILE $8.3 2,714 $3,059 3 $50.0 8 THE LAST SAMURAI $7.4 2,401 $3,071 5 $90.0 9 CALENDAR GIRLS $4.4 745 $5,956 3 $7.0 10 BAD SANTA $2.9 1,710 $1,718 6 $56.9 11 STUCK ON YOU $2.8 2,064 $1,358 4 $30.7 12 BIG FISH $2.5 125 $20,356 4 $8.5 13 THE HAUNTED MANSION $2.5 1,501 $1,670 6 $70.4 14 ELF $2.3 1,768 $1,303 9 $170.8 15 LOVE DON'T COST A THING $1.9 1,015 $1,893 4 $20.2 16 HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG $1.8 442 $4,046 3 $5.4 17 21 GRAMS $1.3 289 $4,640 7 $7.3 18 IN AMERICA $1.2 327 $3,760 6 $5.3 19 MASTER AND COMMANDER $1.1 701 $1,595 8 $83.0 20 HONEY $1.1 672 $1,595 5 $28.8

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF JAN. 2-4 *WEEKEND-GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS

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

ELIJAH WOOD Top Grossers

OPENING NUMBER DOMESTIC WEEKEND* OF SITES GROSS

12/18/02 LOTR: THE TWO TOWERS $62.0 3,622 $341.7 12/19/01 LOTR: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING $47.2 3,359 $314.8 12/17/03 LOTR: THE RETURN OF THE KING $72.6 3,703 $290.4 5/8/98 DEEP IMPACT $41.2 3,156 $140.5 11/22/89 BACK TO THE FUTURE II $27.8 1,865 $118.5 12/16/92 FOREVER YOUNG $5.6 1,710 $55.9 9/24/93 THE GOOD SON $12.5 1,847 $44.4 12/25/98 THE FACULTY $11.6 2,365 $40.1 1/12/90 INTERNAL AFFAIRS $5.0 975 $27.7 4/2/93 THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN $5.0 1,786 $24.1

Originally posted Jan 16, 2004 Published in issue #746 Jan 16, 2004 Order article reprints
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