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This Weekend in Box Office History, Dec. 24-26

by Brandon Gray
 

 
December 25, 2010

Here's a look back at Christmas weekend through the years:

5 Years Ago - 2005

Eight movies entered nationwide release, but King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe still packed a one-two punch. Kong's second weekend showed some relative weakness by beating Narnia's third weekend by $1.5 million: Kong made $21.3 million (down 58 percent), while Narnia generated $19.8 million (off 38 percent). Fun with Dick and Jane was the biggest new release with $14.4 million, followed by Cheaper by the Dozen 2 at $9.3 million. Memoirs of a Geisha expanded unmemorably to $6.8 million, The Ringer plopped down with $5.2 million, and Munich was unspectacular with $4.2 million (at 532 venues). Three movies had only one day of nationwide play, due to opening on Sunday, Christmas day, and all three were modest: Rumor Has It at $3.5 million, Wolf Creek at $2.8 million and The Producers at $1.6 million. Weekend Report: 'King Kong' Clings to Christmas Top Spot

10 Years Ago - 2000

Tom Hanks washed into theaters with another blockbuster: Cast Away drew a powerful $39.9 million over the four-day weekend, while What Women Want pulled in $21.6 million in its second weekend (both movie co-starred Helen Hunt). Two other new releases weren't as spectacular as a Cast Away but were popular in their own right: The Family Man earned $15.1 million, while Miss Congeniality bagged $13.9 million. Dracula 2000 was the other new nationwide release, grossing $8.6 million, and a number of high-profile movies debuted in limited release to mixed results, including Finding Forrester, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Thirteen Days and The Gift. Weekend Chart

15 Years Ago - 1995

Eight major new releases entered the fray, ranging from chart-topping hit Waiting to Exhale to all-time flop Cutthroat Island. Waiting to Exhale inhaled $14.1 million, while Toy Story's fifth weekend pulled ahead of Jumanji's second. In fourth, Grumpier Old Men had a bigger opening than its predecessor, earning $7.8 million. Jean-Claude Van Damme's Sudden Death posted an icy $4.8 million, Tom and Huck mustered just $3.2 million, Mel Brooks' Dracula: Dead and Loving It was largely ignored with $2.7 million as were Oliver Stone's Nixon ($2.2 million) and animated Balto ($1.5 million). Pirate adventure Cutthroat Island, which cost nearly $100 million to make, captured a mere $2.4 million, following a tradition of pirate movie bombs. Weekend Chart

20 Years Ago - 1990

Home Alone spent its sixth weekend atop the box office, earning $15.1 million over the five-day Christmas weekend. In second place, it wasn't a tumor. It was Kindergarten Cop, starting with $11.3 million. It was the second popular comedy from actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and director Ivan Reitman, following Twins. The Godfather Part III played for only one day of the weekend but made enough to rank third. The Francis Ford Coppola picture delivered the highest-grossing Christmas day ever with $6.4 million. Meanwhile, Sean Connery-Michelle Pfeiffer thriller The Russia House disappointed with $4.4 million, but The Bonfire of the Vanities was the infamous disaster. Featuring Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith and directed by Brian De Palma, the Tom Wolfe adaptation grossed $4.2 million. Weekend Chart

25 Years Ago - 1985

Rocky IV was the champ for the fourth weekend in a row with $8.4 million, while The Jewel of the Nile and Spies Like Us repeated in second and third, respectively. Out of Africa was the major debut, ranking fourth with $3.6 million. 101 Dalmatians (Re-issue) (1985) fetched $2.4 million, and science-fiction drama Enemy Mine mustered only $1.6 million. In limited release, The Color Purple picked up $1.7 million at 192 locations, while Bazil opened at one location. Weekend Chart

Weekend Reports for This Timeframe in Past Years:
2009 - Christmas Booms with 'Avatar,' 'Sherlock,' 'Alvin'

2008 - 'Marley' Retrieves Box Office Luster Over Christmas
2007 - 'National Treasure' Leads Christmas Rush
2006 - 'Night at the Museum' Tops Christmas Weekend
2005 - 'King Kong' Clings to Christmas Lead Over 'Chronicles'
2004 - 'Meet the Fockers' Dominates Christmas Weekend



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