As expected, the Martin Lawrence comedy sequel Big Momma's House 2 debuted as the weekend's top movie at the box office with $27.7 million. Unexpectedly, however, the G-rated Nanny McPhee took in $14.5 million to come in second. Brokeback Mountain increased its screen count by more than a third, but its take fell 16 percent from last week -- good enough, however, to place sixth. The Weinstein Co. began rolling out the Pearce Brosnan starrer Matador, moving it from a handful of theaters over the past few weeks to 885 theaters nationwide, with encouraging results. The film took in $3.6 million for place tenth.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. Big Momma's House 2, 20th Century Fox, $27,736,056, (New); 2. Nanny McPhee, Universal, $14,503,650, (New); 3. Underworld: Evolution, Sony, $11,404,172, 2 Wks. ($44,607,264); 4. Annapolis, Disney, $7,681,171, (New); 5. Hoodwinked, Weinstein Co. $7,480,089, 3 Wks. ($37,767,800); 6. Brokeback Mountain, Focus Features, $6,542,081, 8 Wks. ($51,024,343); 7. Glory Road, Disney, $5,345,859, 3 Wks. ($34,948,401); 8. Last Holiday, Paramount, $4,802,618, 3 Wks. ($32,630,669); 9. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Disney, $4,504,990, 8 Wks. ($277,867,308); 10. Matador, Weinstein Co. $3,612,663, 5 Wks. ($5,270,798).




31/01/2006