Rank
Title
Weekend
Gross
Cumulative
Gross
Weeks in Release
1

King Kong

$31,400,000
$118,700,000

2
2

Narnia

$30,100,000
$163,500,000

3
3

Fun with Dick and Jane

$23,500,000

$31,000,000

1
4

Cheaper by the Dozen 2

$14,700,000
$20,000,000

1
5

The Family Stone

$10,800,000
$30,000,000

2
6

Memoirs of a Geisha

$10,200,000
$13,200,000

3
7

The Ringer

$8,400,000

$8,400,000

1
8

Rumor Has It

$7,400,000
$7,400,000
1
9

Wolf Creek

$5,900,000
$5,900,000
1
10

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

$5,700,000
$262,400,000
6
(Note that these estimated figures also include Monday)

Peter Jackson’s big gorilla is still on a slow climb up the golden tower, but King Kong had enough holiday spirit to outrank Narnia at the box office over the 4-day Christmas weekend. Not far behind was the remake antics of Jim Carrey in Fun with Dick and Jane, and the sequel-of-a-remake antics of Steve Martin in Cheaper by the Dozen 2. 

Christmas Day’s openings are now trying to catch up — specifically the Aussie thriller Wolf Creek and Jennifer Aniston’s comedy Rumor Has It.  Johnny Knoxville’s literally retarded comedy The Ringer, which I honestly expected to go directly to DVD, actually managed to place inside the top 10. Other limited releases causing a stir off the chart: Brokeback Mountain, The Producers, and Spielberg’s Munich, which scored the highest per-screen average on just a few hundred screens.

These films will fight it out until the new year, when we enter the Dead Zone of January.