DodgeBall No Underdog at the Box Office
Fox's comedy DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY beat all comers in its debut to take the weekend ended June 20, 2004, racking up $30M. Steven Spielberg's gentle fable starring Tom Hanks, THE TERMINAL, debuted in second place, offering up $19M for DreamWorks. Warner Bros.' HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (with vfx by ILM, Cinesite (Europe), Double Negative, Framestore CFC and The Moving Picture Co.) dropped to the third spot with $18M and a three-week cume of $190.9M. DreamWorks' SHREK 2, the summer film to beat, dropped to fourth with $13.9M and a record-setting cume of $378.6M. Fox's GARFIELD: THE MOVIE (with vfx by Rhythm & Hues) came in fifth place with $11.3M and a total of $42.3M. Universal's THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK (with vfx by Rhythm & Hues and Double Negative), which has not caught on, grossed $9.4M to come in sixth, with a meager total of $42.9M. Paramount's THE STEPFORD WIVES finished seventh with $8.7M and a two-week cume of $39M. Fox's THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (with vfx by Digital Domain, Hydraulx, ILM, The Orphanage, Custom Film Effects, among others) drew only $8M to finish eighth with a total of $167.3M. Buena Vista's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (with vfx by Cinesite (Europe), Rhythm & Hues and The Moving Picture Co.) debuted at a disappointing ninth with $7.5M. Warner Bros.' TROY (with vfx from Cinesite (Europe), Framestore CFC and The Moving Picture Co.) added $1.7M to bring its total to $129M in finishing 10th. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.