Leftover ‘Chicken’ still tasty at $32 million

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Although “Chicken” is sure to be dislodged from first place next weekend by “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” the fourth film in the series, Viane is confident that the film will continue to draw sizable audiences through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and beyond. “We will certainly hold our own,” he said. “When we come out of those holidays, we will be looking at a serious number.” Despite the great numbers for “Chicken,” the top 12 films in the marketplace took in 14.5 percent less than movies did on the same weekend a year ago, a scenario all too common during most weeks in 2005. Still, it would have been tough to match the $50 million that Disney/Pixar’s “The Incredibles” took in during its second weekend last year and the $23 million grossed by second place “The Polar Express.” But it didn’t help that none of the new releases – “Zathura,” “Derailed” and “Get Rich or Die Tryin’ ” – was able to break out big for an opening weekend, all finishing in the $12 million-to-$14 million range. “The three newcomers kind of had a rough time in this marketplace,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co. “We think the audiences were fragmented and sent in a lot of different directions.” Second-place “Zathura,” from Sony Pictures Entertainment, took in an estimated $14 million and suffered some by seeking the same family audiences that continued to be drawn in by “Chicken.” But the studio believes it has a hit on its hands. “I think it’s a good, solid start for us,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of domestic distribution. “The movie has been reviewed very well, people love the movie and we will have a solid film all throughout the holiday season.” “Derailed,” the first release from The Weinstein Co., emerged in third place with $12.8 million in ticket sales, barely edging out “Get Rich,” according to studio estimates. The R-rated film, starring Aniston and Clive Owen, was mostly panned by critics. Paramount Pictures’ “Get Rich” took fourth place, with an estimated weekend gross of $12.5 million. Released on Wednesday, the film has taken in $18.2 million in its first five days. It drew predominantly African-American audiences and achieved exit polls with 87 percent ratings of “definite recommend,” according to Wayne Lewellen, Paramount’s president of distribution. “The movie’s weekend numbers were on the high end of what we expected,” Lewellen said. “You have ‘Harry Potter’ next weekend, and it’s a different audience than most of the competition, so it should bode well for our film going forward.” Rounding out the top five was Universal Pictures’ military drama “Jarhead,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx. It fell from second place with a 56-percent drop in ticket sales compared with its opening weekend. “Jarhead” grossed an estimated $12.3 million and has earned $47.1 million in 10 days. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 [email protected] Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Chicken Little,” $32 million. 2. “Zathura: A Space Adventure,” $14 million. 3. “Derailed,” $12.8 million. 4. “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” $12.5 million. 5. “Jarhead,” $12.3 million. 6. “Saw II,” $9.4 million. 7. “The Legend of Zorro,” $6.6 million. 8. “Prime,” $4 million. 9. “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story,” $3.8 million. 10. “Pride & Prejudice,” $2.8 million. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nothing could prevent Disney’s “Chicken Little” from ruling the roost at the box office for the second week in a row – not Jennifer Aniston’s thriller “Derailed,” not 50 Cent in “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” and not the board game fantasy “Zathura.” “Chicken” took in an impressive $32 million during the weekend, for a stellar 10-day total of $80.7 million, according to studio estimates released Sunday. The computer-generated animated film managed to drop just 20 percent in ticket sales from its opening weekend numbers, with its Veterans Day grosses on Friday actually exceeding its opening-day ticket sales a week earlier. “It’s clearly public word of mouth,” said Chuck Viane, president of Disney’s Buena Vista Distribution. “This is one of those weekends where you can sit back and really enjoy what we do.” last_img read more

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