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Box Office Analysis, Feb. 12: 'Norbit' Waddles Its Way to Top

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Feb 12, 2007 | 5:26am EST

Eddie Murphy in a fat suit strikes again. The comedian’s latest multiple-personality comedy Norbit debuted in the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, grossing a hefty $33.7 million.

Norbit now stands as Murphy’s second highest opener, following Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, which opened in 2000 with $45.5 million.

"It really doesn't get much better than this for an actor at this point in your career," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers told The Associated Press. "This is a guy whose career has spanned over two decades, and he's still as viable a box-office star as anyone out there."

The prequel Hannibal Rising, which traces the roots of the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter, didn’t fare as well as its predecessors: The film debuted in second with $13.3 million. The highest Lecter opening is still Hannibal, which premiered in 2001 with $58 million.

The Top 12 movies grossed $91.2 million over the weekend, down 10.63 percent from last year’s draw of $102 million but up 28.55 percent from last weekend’s total of 70.9 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Sony’s The Pink Panther, which opened at No. 1 with $20.2 million in 3,477 theaters, averaging $5,815 per theater; New Line’s Final Destination 3, which opened in second place with $19.1 million in 2,880 theaters, averaging $6,657 per theater; and Universal’s Curious George, which debuted in third place with $14.77 million in 2,566 theaters, averaging $5,730 per theater (Click here to read last year's box office report).

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Norbit (Paramount, PG-13)

• Gross: $33.7 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,136

• Per-theater average: $10,759

No. 2: Hannibal Rising (MGM, R)

• Gross: $13.3 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,003

• Per-theater average: $4,446

No. 3: Because I Said So (Universal, PG-13)

• Gross: $9 million (-31%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,529 (+3)

• Per-theater average: $3,575

• Cume to date: $25.6 million

No. 4: The Messengers (Sony, PG-13)

• Gross: $7.2 million (51%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,529 (+1)

• Per-theater average: $2,847

• Cume to date: $24.7 million

No. 5: Night at the Museum (20th Century Fox, PG)

• Gross: $5.7 million (-11%)

• Weeks opened: 8

• Theaters: 2,702 (-301)

• Per-theater average: $2,110

• Cume to date: $232.1 million

No. 6: Epic Movie (20th Cent Fox, PG-13)

• Gross: $4.4 million (-48%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,806 (-34)

• Per-theater average: $1,568

• Cume to date: $35.4 million

No. 7: Smokin' Aces (Universal, R)

• Gross: $3.7 million (-38%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,199 (-20)

• Per-theater average: $1,725

• Cume to date: $30.8 million

No. 8: Pan's Labyrinth (Picturehouse, R)

• Gross: $3.6 million (-2%)

• Weeks opened: 7

• Theaters: 1,143 (+61)

• Per-theater average: $3,150

• Cume to date: $26.6 million

No. 9: Dreamgirls (Paramount, PG-13)

• Gross: $3 million (-23%)

• Weeks opened: 9

• Theaters: 2,284 (-513)

• Per-theater average: $1,354

• Cume to date: $97.1 million

No. 10: The Queen (Miramax, PG-13)

• Gross: $2.5 million (-5%)

• Weeks opened: 20

• Theaters: 1,564 (-286)

• Per-theater average: $1,605

• Cume to date: $49 million

OTHER OPENINGS

The Lives of Others (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

• Gross: $222,727

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 13

• Per-theater average: $17,133

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