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Harry Potter Rules The Frickin' Universe - Weeks 3, 4, & 5

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Chicken Little
Walk the Line
Jarhead
Yours, Mine and Ours
Aeon Flux
Ok, so I've been in a turkey coma a touch longer than most since Thanksgiving. That and I'm still a little fuzzy from the concussion received after slapping myself in the head that Gwen Stefani's Hollaback Girl is now a Grammy nominated Record of the Year. I guess pickin's are slim when there's no new Meatloaf material to choose from.

Suffice to say, not much has been happening at the Box-Office besides... Harry Potter ruling the frickin' universe!

In Week Three there was only one new release and it went on to have the fourth largest opening of all time, only behind Spider-Man 2, Episode III, and Shrek 2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire grossed $102.3 million in its first three days and pretty much just said "See ya!" to everything else that came out in November.

In Week Four we had maybe the weakest Thanksgiving weekend crop of films since John Smith was first discovering the joys of Jiffy Pop. Rent was evicted, Ice Harvest showed why the frozen water industry isn't quite as lucrative as it once was, In The Mix sounded like a recipe for Chex Mix, and Yours, Mine, & Ours did the best out of this lot, meaning yeah, that sucked too.

The weekend after Thanksgiving used to be a toxic dumping ground that big studios avoided (like the weekend after Memorial Day used to be). In the past few years though, studios have flexed their muscle enough (i.e. actually release decent films) and have shown they can make an impression in these post-mega-B.O weekends. That said, a few more Aeon Flux type releases, and we'll be back to these weekends hosting nothing but Goin' Fishing, Daylight, and Almost Heroes level movies.

Faced with all this stiff competition, all Goblet of Fire could do was wilt to only a paltry $229.3 over 17 days. Boy wizard, indeed.


The Top Five flicks if today was Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance...

#1. Harry Potter - $229.3 million
#2. Chicken Little - $124.1 million
#3. Walk The Line - $68.3 million
#4. Jarhead - $61.1 million
#5. Yours, Mine, & Ours - $34.4 million

This Week
At last, there's something people actually want to see opening in theaters. Will The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe become the next Harry Potter franchise or just the longest title I'll ever have to type in these updates? In 2004 Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events tried to be the "next Harry Potter" and basically ended up being the "last Series of Unfortunate Events." Will the same fate happen to Narnia?

After selling-out shows in limited theaters the last few weeks, Syrianna finally goes wide and, most likely, stops selling-out shows. That said, it's positioned well as an adult alternative to Blockbuster fare and as Walk the Line has proved, that's not a bad business to be in at all.

by Matt Neuenburg on 12/05/2005

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Aeon Flux, Chicken Little, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Jarhead, Walk the Line, Yours, Mine and Ours
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