Box Office

The Notorious 'BIG'

Sony nearly pulled off a whopper when its early estimates had Big Fish -- ironically, a movie about tall tales -- swimming past reigning champ Return of the King. But when tallies came in, the week saw another win for Frodo & Co. (King is now the No. 13 domestic grosser of all time.) Even still, things look rosy for Fish, which made an unexpected splash in its first week of wide release. My Baby's Daddy fared better on many fewer screens than Chasing Liberty. And Cheaper by the Dozen became the 26th film of 2003 to pass $100 million -- a not-so-elite fellowship soon to include Something's Gotta Give, The Last Samurai, and, amazingly, The Cat in the Hat.

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

1 LOTR: THE RETURN OF THE KING $14.2 3,532 $4,023 4 $312.3 2 BIG FISH $13.8 2,406 $5,740 5 $23.4 3 CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN $11.8 3,238 $3,629 3 $101.1 4 COLD MOUNTAIN $7.9 2,302 $3,424 3 $55.3 5 SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE $7.7 2,876 $2,687 5 $92.5 6 MY BABY'S DADDY $7.5 1,447 $5,217 1 $7.5 7 CHASING LIBERTY $6.1 2,400 $2,534 1 $6.1 8 PAYCHECK $5.1 2,762 $1,863 3 $46.4 9 THE LAST SAMURAI $4.6 1,901 $2,394 6 $97.2 10 MONA LISA SMILE $4.4 2,500 $1,753 4 $56.9 11 PETER PAN $4.2 2,614 $1,600 3 $40.0 12 CALENDAR GIRLS $3.7 957 $3,906 4 $12.4 13 HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG $1.4 596 $2,383 4 $7.5 14 21 GRAMS $1.3 371 $3,380 8 $9.1 15 STUCK ON YOU $1.0 1,350 $757 5 $32.5 16 BAD SANTA $1.0 1,098 $916 7 $58.6 17 THE HAUNTED MANSION $0.9 931 $1,003 7 $71.8 18 IN AMERICA $0.9 305 $2,998 7 $6.6 19 MONSTER $0.8 82 $10,293 3 $1.4 20 LOST IN TRANSLATION $0.7 342 $2,186 18 $32.5

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF JAN. 9 -- 11 *WEEKEND-GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS

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

TIM BURTON Track Record OPENING NUMBER DOMESTIC WEEKEND* OF SITES GROSS

6/23/89 BATMAN $40.5 2,194 $251.2 7/27/01 PLANET OF THE APES $68.5 3,500 $180.0 6/19/92 BATMAN RETURNS $45.7 2,644 $162.8 11/19/99 SLEEPY HOLLOW $30.1 3,064 $101.1 3/30/88 BEETLEJUICE $8.0 1,000 $73.7 12/7/90 EDWARD SCISSORHANDS $6.3 1,023 $54.2 8/9/85 PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE $4.5 829 $40.9 12/13/96 MARS ATTACKS! $9.4 1,955 $37.8 12/10/03 BIG FISH $0.2 6 $23.4+ 9/27/94 ED WOOD $0.1 2 $5.9

Originally posted Jan 23, 2004 Published in issue #747-748 Jan 23, 2004 Order article reprints