Will Farrell Takes The Checkered Flag
Talladega Nights, starring Will Farrell, was supposed to open big, box office analysts had predicted, but not this big. The film took in an estimated $47 million, making it the second-biggest opening for an original comedy ever, behind Bruce Almighty, which opened with $68 million in May, 2003. The movie was far ahead of Ferrell's previous biggest opening, Elf, which took in $31 million in November, 2003. As had been forecast, the three other new films had only so-so debuts. Paramount's animated Barnyard had the best of them, placing second with about $16 million. The British horror film The Descent, which drew smashing reviews, did not draw big crowds, taking in only $8.8 million. And The Night Listener, starring Robin Williams in a serious role, barely made the top ten with just $3.6 million. But the biggest disappointment may have been the 62-percent plunge of Miami Vice, which wound up in fourth place with $9.7 million, behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which earned $11 million in its fifth week to bring its total booty to $379.7 million and putting it at No. 8 among the top domestic grossers of all time. It also excelled overseas, where it grossed an additional $57 million, to lift its worldwide total to $772 million.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
1. Talladega Nights, The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, $47,000,000; 2. Barnyard, $16,040,000; 3. Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man's Chest, $11,011,000; 4. Miami Vice, $9,683,000; 5. The Descent, $8,800,000; 6. John Tucker Must Die, $6,050,000; 7. Monster House, $6,000,000; 8. The Ant Bully, $3,900,000; 9. You, Me and Dupree, $3,603,000; 10. The Night Listener, $3,600,000.