How The Grinch Stole Thanksgiving's Box Office
For the second straight weekend, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS has captured the top spot at the U.S. box office. With the second highest all time five-day Thanksgiving holiday cume of US$73.8 million, THE GRINCH, with primary visual effects by Digital Domain, has nabbed an amazing $137.1 million in just ten days. Therefore, director M. Night Shyamalan's follow-up to last year's sleeper hit, THE SIXTH SENSE, UNBREAKABLE had to settle for a second place debut. The comic book caper, with primary visual effects by The Secret Lab and TSL, collected $30.33 million over the weekend and $46.01 million since Wednesday. Buena Vista's 102 DALMATIANS barked up third place. 101's sequel, with primary visual effects by The Secret Lab, scored $19.88 million over the weekend and $26.24 million since its Wednesday premiere. Paramount's RUGRATS IN PARIS slipped to fourth, with a three-day gross of $17.41 million and five-day gross of about $22 million. The RUGRATS second theatrical outing has collected $47.57 million in total so far. CHARLIE'S ANGELS dropped a slim 23% to finish fifth, grossing $10.21 million from Friday-Sunday and $13.5 million from Wednesday. The sexy secret agent flick, with primary visual effects by Flash Film Works, has charmed audience to the tune of $108.7 million so far. Falling 42% from its weak debut, 6TH DAY kidnapped $7.51 million in seventh place. The Arnold Schwarzenegger clone pic, with primary visual effects by Rhythm & Hues, has drummed up only $25.02 million in 10 days of release. Closing out the holiday top ten, LITTLE NICKY scared up $4.68 million. Adam Sandler's ode to Satan, with primary visual effects by VisionArt, Pixel Magic and Rhythm & Hues, has accumulated $33.83 million thus far. DreamWorks' THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE fell to #13, with a gross of $1.92 million. The philosophical golf picture, with primary visual effects by PDI, has swung in $28.3 million thus far. In 14th place, RED PLANET set down another $1.14 million. The Mars disaster, with primary visual effects by Cinesite, Digital Domain, Rhythm & Hues and In Post, dropped 59% over the holiday weekend, which lifted its meager cume to $15.62 million. Other animated and special effects laden films finishing in the top fifty were: WHAT LIES BENEATH at #21, with a gross of $237,865 and a cume of $154.8 million; CYBERWORLD 3D at #22, with a gross of $220,610 and a cume of $2.83 million; ALMOST FAMOUS at #23, with a gross of $217,913 and a cume of $31.51 million; THE CELL at #28, with a gross of $138,099 and a cume of $61.05 million; NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS at #35, with a gross of $88,750 and a cume of $123.1 million; THE PERFECT STORM at #42, with a gross of $56,756 and a cume of $182.5 million; THE LITTLE VAMPIRE at #44, with a gross of $51,836 and a cume of $13.52 million; DINOSAUR at #49, with a gross of $34,794 and a cume of $137.7 million; and T-REX: BACK TO THE CRETACEOUS at #50, with a gross of $34,772 and a cume of $35.34 million. Box office figures were obtained on HollywoodReporter.com.