Box office analysts found themselves downright hoodwinked Monday as studio estimates for the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday indicated that the Weinstein Co.'s animated Hoodwinked managed to win the box-office crown. According to studio estimates, the Little Red Riding Hood spoof earned $16.6 million -- nearly twice what analysts had predicted -- just edging out Disney's inspiring-coach drama, Glory Road, which took in about $16.5 million. The figures were so close that the standings could be reversed when final results are announced later today (Tuesday). Third place went to Paramount's Last Holiday with $15.7 million. All three films were making their box-office debuts. A fourth newcomer, Fox's Tristan & Isolde flopped with $7.9 million. Overall results were down 7 percent from the holiday weekend a year ago.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by
1. Hoodwinked, Weinstein Co., $16.6 million; 2. Glory Road, Disney, $16.5 million; 3. Last Holiday, Paramount, $15.7 million; 4. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Disney, $12.2 million; 5. Hostel, Lions Gate, $11.7 million; 6. Fun With Dick and Jane, Sony, $10.3 million; 7. King Kong, Universal, $9.2 million; 8. Tristan & Isolde, 20th Century Fox, $7.9 million; 9. Brokeback Mountain, Focus, $7.1 million; 10. Cheaper by the Dozen 2, 20th Century Fox, $6.8 million.
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