Museum Exhibits Staying Power
Having already nailed a win at the box office over the Christmas holiday weekend, Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller, is easily winning the New Year's holiday weekend as well. Indeed, the movie is already taking in more this weekend than last. According to studio estimates released on Sunday, Museum earned $37.8 million between Friday and Sunday, bringing its two-week gross to $116.9 million. Will Smith's The Pursuit of Happyness took second place with $19.3 million -- also a considerable improvement over last week. It has now earned $98.4 million and is certain to cross the $100-million mark today (Monday). In its first full weekend in wide release -- it's now playing in 852 theaters -- Dreamgirls took in about $15.5 million. (The film averaged $18,000 per theater, the largest amount registered by any film in wide release.) Charlotte's Web took over fourth place with $12 million, while MGM's Rocky Balboa slipped to fifth place with $11.4 million.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Media by Numbers:
1. Night at the Museum, $37.8 million; 2. The Pursuit of Happyness, $19.3 million; 3. Dreamgirls, $15.5 million; 4. Charlotte s Web, $12 million; 5. Rocky Balboa, $11.3 million; 6. The Good Shepherd, $11.2 million; 7. Eragon, $8.4 million; 8. We Are Marshall, $8 million; 9. Happy Feet, $7.8 million; 10. The Holiday, $6.7 million.