Will Smith's The Pursuit of Happyness left all rivals in hot pursuit over the weekend as the movie took in $26.5 million, well ahead of the expected winner, 20th Century Fox's Eragon, which earned $23.2 million. A third new film, the live-action Charlotte's Web, took third place with $11.5 million. All other films were left in the dust, including last week's winner, Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, which dropped 50 percent to $8 million.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. The Pursuit of Happyness, Sony, $26,541,709, (New); 2. Eragon, 20th Century Fox, $23,239,907, (New); 3. Charlotte's Web, Paramount, $11,457,353, (New); 4. Happy Feet, Warner Bros. $8,358,421, 5 Wks. ($149,244,791); 5. The Holiday, Sony, $8,014,713, 2 Wks. ($25,125,052); 6. Apocalypto, Disney, $8,008,126, 2 Wks. ($28,209,532); 7. Blood Diamond, Warner Bros. $6,517,471, 2 Wks. ($18,637,257); 8. Casino Royale, Sony, $5,627,644, 5 Wks. ($137,501,384); 9. The Nativity Story, New Line, $4,656,376, 3 Wks. ($23,012,695); 10. Unaccompanied Minors, Warner Bros. $3,545,352, 2 Wks. ($10,093,267).




19/12/2006