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Box Office Analysis, Dec. 6: "Treasure" Chest Stays Open for Third Week

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Dec 06, 2004 | 5:03am EST

National Treasure is enjoying quite a ride at the box office.

For the third week in a row, the Nicolas Cage/Jerry Bruckheimer action adventure held onto the No. 1 spot, while the comedy Christmas With the Kranks took second with $11.7 million.

"Nicolas Cage and Jerry Bruckheimer are always a force to be reckoned with, but to have this film at No. 1 for three weeks, I don't think anyone saw that coming," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations told The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, Mike Nichol's drama Closer, about a quartet of Londoners (Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen) who fall in and out of love with each other over the course of a few years, opened limitedly in sixth place with a respective $7.7 million, earning the highest per theater average ($16,176) on the Top 10 list.

This weekend, the Top 12 films grossed an estimated $80.2 million, down considerably 46.86 percent from last weekend's $151 million take and down 10.15 percent from last year's draw of $89.3 million.

The top three films at the box office this time last year were: Warner Bros. R-rated The Last Samurai, which opened at the No. 1 spot with $24.2 million in 2,908 theaters, averaging $8,346 per theater; Universal's PG-13 rated Honey, which debuted in second place with $12.8 million in 1,942 theaters, averaging $6,620 per theater; and Buena Vista's PG-rated The Haunted Mansion, which dropped to third place in its second week with $9.3 million in 3,122 theaters, averaging $3,009 per theater.

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES:

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: National Treasure (Buena Vista, PG)

Gross: $17.1 million (-47%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 3,243 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $5,286

Cume to date: $110.2 million

No. 2: Christmas with the Kranks (Sony Pictures, PG)

Gross: $11.7 million (-46%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,416 (+23)

Per-theater average: $3,425

Cume to date: $45.4 million

No. 3: The Polar Express (Warners Bros., G)

Gross: $11 million (-43%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 3,650 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $3,019

Cume to date: $96.3 million

No. 4: The Incredibles (Buena Vista/Pixar, PG)

Gross: $9.1 million (-61%)

Weeks opened: 5

Theaters: 3,178 (-275)

Per-theater average: $2,882

Cume to date: $226 million

No. 5: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (Paramount Pictures, PG)

Gross: $7.8 million (-56%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 3,307 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $2,359

Cume to date: $68.3 million

No. 6: Closer (Sony Pictures, R)

Gross: $7.7 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 476

Per-theater average: $16,176

No. 7: Alexander (Warner Bros., R)

Gross: $4.7 million (-65%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 2,445 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $1,933

Cume to date: $29.6 million

No. 8: Finding Neverland (Miramax, PG)

Gross: $2.8 million (-39%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 526 (+13)

Per-theater average: $5,421

Cume to date: $11.7 million

No. 9: Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason (Universal, R)

Gross: $2.8 million (-55%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 2,433 (-36)

Per-theater average: $1,151

Cume to date: $36.3 million

No. 10: Ray (Universal, PG-13)

Gross: $1.9 million (-52%)

Weeks opened: 6

Theaters: 1,547 (-2)

Per-theater average: $1,228

Cume to date: $67.8 million

OTHER OPENINGS

House of Flying Daggers (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

Gross: $417,020

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 15

Per-theater average: $27,801

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