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Box Office Analysis, Dec. 18: B.O. Spreads a Little 'Happyness'

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Dec 18, 2006 | 5:06am EST

Will Smith scored another No. 1. His latest film, the tearjerker The Pursuit of Happyness--in which he stars as a struggling single dad opposite his real-life son, Jaden Smith--debuted at the top of the North American box office this weekend with $27 million.

"Audiences around the world love [Will Smith]," Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony told The Associated Press, whose past hits with Smith include the Men in Black flicks and last year's romantic comedy Hitch. "Everyone who sees Will Smith or meets Will Smith feels like he could be their best friend. He has that type of charisma that resonates throughout whatever room he's in."

Happyness also managed to best the fantasy dragon tale Eragon, which opened in second place with $23.4 million. Charlotte's Web, a live-action adaptation of the children’s classic, premiered in third with weak $12 million.

The big musical Dreamgirls, starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson, opened to big numbers at three theaters in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. It took in $360,000, a strong start to its nationwide release on Christmas. Also opening limitedly was George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh's latest collaboration, The Good German, which debuted in five theaterswith a solid $78,572.

The Top 12 movies grossed $112.2 million over the weekend, down 8.33 percent from last year’s draw of $122.2 million but up 28.96 percent from last weekend’s total of $87 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Universal’s King Kong, which opened at No. 1 with $50.1 million in 3,568 theaters, averaging $14,050 per theater; Buena Vista’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which dropped to second place in its second week with $31.8 million in 3,680 theaters, averaging $8,652 per theater; and 20th Century Fox’s The Family Stone, which dropped to opened in third place with $12.5 million in 2,466 theaters, averaging $5,077 per theater (Click here to read last year's box office report).

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: The Pursuit of Happyness (Sony, PG-13)

• Gross: $27 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,852

• Per-theater average: $9,467

No. 2: Eragon (20th Cent. Fox, PG)

• Gross: $23.4 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,020

• Per-theater average: $7,765

No. 3: Charlotte's Web (Paramount, G)

• Gross: $12 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,566

• Per-theater average: $3,372

No. 4: Happy Feet (Warner Bros., PG)

• Gross: $8.5 million (-34%)

• Weeks opened: 5

• Theaters: 3,335 (-315)

• Per-theater average: $2,555

• Cume to date: $149.4 million

No. 5: The Holiday (Sony Pictures, PG)

• Gross: $8.2 million (-36%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,614 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $3,137

• Cume to date: $25.3 million

No. 6: Apocalypto (Buena Vista, R)

• Gross: $27.9 million (-49%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,465 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $3,133

• Cume to date: $27.9 million

No. 7: Blood Diamond (Warner Bros., R)

• Gross: $18.3 million (-28%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 1,910 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $3,283

• Cume to date: $18.3 million

No. 8: Casino Royale (Sony, PG-13)

• Gross: $5.7 million (-36%)

• Weeks opened: 5

• Theaters: 2,437 (-724)

• Per-theater average: $2,339

• Cume to date: $137.5 million

No. 9: The Nativity Story (New Line, PG)

• Gross: $23 million

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,574 (-509)

• Per-theater average: $1,826

• Cume to date: $23 million

No. 10: Unaccompanied Minors (Warner Bros., PG)

• Gross: $10.2 million

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,775 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $1,324

• Cume to date: $10.2 million

OTHER OPENINGS

Dreamgirls (Paramount, PG-13)

• Gross: $360,000

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3

• Per-theater average: $120,000

The Good German (Warner Bros., PG-13)

• Gross: $78,572

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 5

• Per-theater average: $15,714

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