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Box Office Analysis, Jan. 10: Did Competition Get "Fockerized"?

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Jan 10, 2005 | 5:03am EST

The in-laws just won't go away.

The comedy sequel Meet the Fockers stayed on top for a third week in a row with a $28.5 million take while the ghost thriller White Noise opened in the second spot with $24 million. Oscar-baiter The Aviator rounded out the top three with $7.6 million.

"The end of the year was stronger than expected, so headed into the first of the year, we have some momentum going," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations told The Associated Press. "Studios just need to keep the momentum in the market place, because once you lose it, it takes a long time to get back."

This weekend, the Top 12 films grossed an estimated $98.2 million, down 20.62 percent from last weekend's $123.8 million take but up 8 percent from last year's draw of $91 million.

The top three films at the box office this time last year were: New Line's PG-13 rated The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, stayed at No. 1 for the fourth week with $14.2 million in 3,532 theaters, averaging $4,023 per theater; Sony Pictures PG-13 rated Big Fish, which opened in second place with $13.8 million in 2,281 theaters, averaging $6,055 per theater; and 20th Century Fox's PG-rated Cheaper By the Dozen, which dropped to third place in its fifth week with $11.7 million in 3,238 theaters, averaging $3,629 per theater.

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES:

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Meet the Fockers (Universal, PG-13)

Gross: $28.5 million (-32%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 3,527 (+3)

Per-theater average: $8,081

Cume to date: $204.3 million

No. 2: White Noise (Universal, PG-13)

Gross: $24 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,261

Per-theater average: $10,615

No. 3: The Aviator (Miramax, PG-13)

Gross: $7.6 million (-33%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 1867 (+71)

Per-theater average: $4,087

Cume to date: $42.9 million

No. 4: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (Paramount, PG)

Gross: $7.4 million (-49%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 3,343 (-280)

Per-theater average: $2,214

Cume to date: $105.5 million

No. 5: Fat Albert (20th Century Fox, PG)

Gross: $6 million (-41%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 2,675 (-69)

Per-theater average: $2,243

Cume to date: $41.2 million

No. 6: Ocean's Twelve (Warner Bros., PG-13)

Gross: $5.4 million (-43%)

Weeks opened: 5

Theaters: 3,010 (-280)

Per-theater average: $1,794

Cume to date: $115.4 million

No. 7: National Treasure (Buena Vista, PG)

Gross: $4.4 million (-34%)

Weeks opened: 8

Theaters: 2,177 (-105)

Per-theater average: $2,054

Cume to date: $160.7 million

No. 8: Spanglish (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $4.4 million (-29%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 2,587 (+98)

Per-theater average: $1,701

Cume to date: $37.6 million

No. 9: Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera (Warner Bros., PG-13)

Gross: $3.4 million (-28%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 622 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $5,523

Cume to date: $21.5 million

No. 10: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Buena Vista, R)

Gross: $2.6 million (-40%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 1,105 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $2,414

Cume to date: $19.3 million

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