Holiday moviegoers chose to Meet the Fockers rather than revisit a cartoon favorite from the ’70s and ’80s. Fat Albert, 20th Century Fox’s live-action, big-screen adaptation of the Emmy-nominated animated show created by Bill Cosby, managed to fly past Martin Scorsese’s big-budget biopic, The Aviator, but proved no match for the repairing of Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro.
Fat Albert earned a total of $34 million between Christmas and New Years, finishing in the top five behind Fockers and Paramount’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The vfx-laden The Aviator gained some ground on the cartoon-inspired comedy but still lags behind with a two-week cumulative of around $31 million.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ CG holiday pic, The Polar Express, is still chugging along in the top 10. The big-budget engine that could finished the weekend at No. 8 with a cume of $155 million, drawing ever closer to its reported production budget of $165 million.
The Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids debuted on CBS in 1972 and aired for 12 consecutive years. Hosted and voiced by Cosby, the series tackled real-life dilemmas with humor as it followed a group of young friends growing up in a Philadelphia neighborhood. The live-action pic, directed by Joel Zwick and starring Kenan Thompson, has Albert and the boys magically pulled out of their 2D, animated TV existence and thrust in our modern world.