Fish Cries Wolf, King Rules

As predicted by execs at New Line and other major studios on Monday, Sony Pictures’ claim on Sunday that Big Fish was the big kahuna at the weekend box office was quickly debunked when the actual figures rolled in.

Sony estimated that its Tim Burton fantasy film had grossed $14.5 million, making it number one at the box office. That knocked New Line’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King down to number two for the first time in four weeks. New Line execs immediately claimed that Sony’s Sunday estimates were too optimistic. And they were proven right.

Final numbers show The Lord of the Rings taking in $14.2 million over the weekend, $100,000 more than New Line had projected. Fish meanwhile tallied $13.8 million, about $700,000 shy of its Sunday estimates.