Rank
Title
Weekend
Gross
Cumulative
Gross
Weeks in Release
1

King Kong

$50,100,000
$66,200,000

1
2

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

$31,100,000
$112,500,000

2
3

The Family Stone

$12,700,000

$12,700,000

1
4

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

$5,900,000
$252,500,000

5
5

Syriana

$5,400,000
$22,300,000

4
6

Walk the Line

$3,600,000
$82,500,000

5
7

Yours Mine and Ours

$3,400,000

$45,100,000

4
8

Brokeback Mountain

$2,300,000
$3,300,000
2
9

Just Friends

$1,900,000
$29,400,000
4
10

Aeon Flux

$1,600,000
$23,100,000
3

After two years of anticipation and no small amount of hype, King Kong finally roared onto screens, only to disappoint the armchair accountants who thought a three-hour movie would somehow shatter records during a time when many Americans are preoccupied with Christmas shopping, college finals and various holiday preparations. Still, a $50 million opening weekend isn’t nearly the box office monster that was expected, but word of mouth should safely carry the big ape through the rest of the year.


The only new contender to the really big throne was the dramedy The Family Stone, holding its own against the fantasy flick Narnia (I’m already sick of typing that all out). Brokeback Mountain rides onto a few dozen screens, roping in the highest per-screen average in the top 10 while the rest of the chart shifts to make room for those burly cowboys. 

Next week has a whole sack of holiday offerings, including Memoirs of a Geisha, The Producers, Munich, Rumor Has It, Fun with Dick and Jane, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, The Ringer, Casanova and Wolf Creek. Hell with the presents, better hit the movies!