Two newcomers bested THE INCREDIBLES for the weekend ended Nov. 21, 2004: Buena Vistas Jerry Bruckheimer actioner, NATIONAL TREASURE, which tallied $35.1M and Paramount/Nickelodeons THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE, which soaked up a terrific $32M. So much for the demise of 2D animation.
Meanwhile, Disney/Pixars THE INCREDIBLES brought in another $26.5M for a third-place finish and a hefty $177.5M in three weeks.
Warner Bros. THE POLAR EXPRESS fell to fourth place in its second weekend, bringing in $15.6M for a tepid two-week total of $51.4M. Universals BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON (with vfx by Double Negative) held onto the fifth spot with $10M for a two-week total of $21.5M. New Lines Pierce Brosnan thriller, AFTER THE SUNSET, finished in sixth place with $5M and $19M to date. Universals RAY occupied seventh position with $4.5M and a cume of $59.1M. Sonys THE GRUNGE followed in eighth place with $3.8M and a nifty $104.4M. Focus Features SEED OF CHUCKY plummeted to ninth with $3.2M and $13.4M. And Lions Gates SAW finished 10th with $2.8M for a total of $50.3M. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.