Goblet Gobbles Up Holiday Feast

The long Thanksgiving weekend was good to the folks at the Hogwarts School for Wizards as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire easily held its spot at the top of the charts. Domestically, the fourth film based on the books by J.K. Rowling earned an estimated $81.3 million over the five-day period, bringing its two-week total to just over $200 million and its worldwide gross to more than $400 million. What many are calling the best of the series is also proving to be the most profitable, despite a PG-13 rating and a hefty $150 million production budget.

Newcomer Yours, Mine and Ours, a family comedy staring Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo, did respectable business in the shadow of Voldemort. Paramount’s $45 million remake of a Lucille Ball/Henry Fonda classic pulled in an estimated $24.5 million and claimed the No. 3 spot just behind 20th Century Fox’s Walk the Line. The Johnny Cash biopic played to the tune of around $27.6 million and heads into awards season with a gross of approximately $54.7 million.

Disney’s animated Chicken Little is holding a prime spot in the pecking order, earning around $16.7 million at No. 5. The first completely CG in-house effort for the Mouse House is showing sturdy holiday legs as its domestic gross nears $120 million in week four. Meanwhile, Sony’s musical, Rent, is proving it’s no Chicago, debuting at No. 4 with an estimated $18 million. Still, the Broadway adaptation did better than fellow newcomers Just Friends from New Line (13.6 million), In the Mix from Lions Gate ($6.1 million) and The Ice Harvest from Focus Features ($5 million).

Warner Bros.’ animated holiday flick, The Polar Express, returned to IMAX theaters over the weekend and picked up nearly $1.4 million at 66 venues across North America. The performance-capture effort from producer/director Robert Zemeckis and star Tom Hanks got off to a slow start last Thanksgiving but built up speed and ended up making more than $160 million domestically.