With an estimated $87.6 million at the box office over the weekend, the young wizard king proved that he still has moviegoers under his spell. Loaded with digital effects wizardry by The Mill, MillFilms, ILM and MPC, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets had the third biggest opening in history, trailing Spider-Man‘s $114 million debut and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone‘s $90.3 million first weekend.
Eminem’s semi-autobiographical 8 Mile dropped to No. 2, still managing to bring in another $21 million for an estimated $86.4 two-week cume despite “Harry” competition and speculation that underage viewers have been sneaking in after buying tickets for other movies like The Santa Clause 2. The Tim Allen holiday vehicle, with effects by Tippett Studio, added another estimated $15 million to its bag of goodies, which rings in around $82.4 million after three weeks.
DreamWorks’ The Ring continues to scare up box office bucks. The chiller, with visual effects by Tippett Studio, edged over the $100 million mark after just five weeks out of the well.
The weekend’s only other major debut, Half Past Dead, starring Steven Seagal and Ja Rule, rounded out the top five with a disappointing estimated $8.2 million. Seagal’s last outing, Exit Wounds, shocked everyone with a No. 1 debut a year ago.
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie winds down in theatrical release having accumulated $24.1 million to date. Meanwhile, Disney’s release of Miyazaki’s Spirited Away has managed to sweep off with just over $5 million in very limited release.