Counter-programming struck back at the box office, with the middle-aged romantic comedy SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE knocking THE LAST SAMURAI into second place for the weekend ended Dec. 14, 2003. The Sony film pairing Jack Nicholson with Diane Keaton scored $16M compared to the $14M collected by the Warner Bros. epic starring Tom Cruise (with vfx from Flash Film Works, Rising Sun and Matte World). In its second weekend, LAST SAMURAI has racked up $46.8M. Debuting in third place was the Farrelly bros. comedy STUCK ON YOU, which grabbed $9.4M for Fox. Debuting in the fourth spot was Warner Bros.' urban comedy LOVE DON'T COST A THING, which took in $6.3M. Disney's THE HAUNTED MANSION (with vfx from Sony Imageworks) may be no PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, but it still earned $6.1M, good enough for fifth place and $53.7M so far. New Line's ELF (with vfx by Rhythm & Hues, Chiodo Bros. Prods. and Amalgamated Pixels) dropped to sixth with $6.017M and a hefty $147.5M to date. Right behind in seventh place was Dimension's BAD SANTA with $6.012M and a cume of $35.7M. Finishing in the eighth spot was Universal's HONEY with $4.8M and a total of $19.7M. Universal's THE CAT IN THE HAT (with vfx by Rhythm & Hues) plunged to ninth with $4.1M and $90.7 so far. And Warner Bros.' GOTHIKA (with vfx by CafeFX) placed 10th with $2.7M and a cume of $53.9M.
Sony Pictures Classics critically acclaimed THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVEVILLE took in $50,500 in six theaters for a total of $310,900 to date. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.