Nightmare Makes Strong Comeback

The 3-D re-release of the animated holiday favorite Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas enjoyed a good weekend, cracking the top-ten and outperforming all challengers on a per-theater basis. The 1994 stop-motion classic played in just 564 theaters across North America and managed to rake in an estimated $5.1 million. Meanwhile, the expected grassroots Christian support didn’t pan out for Promenade Pictures’ The Ten Commandments. The CG biblical feature made just $480,000 from 830 theaters.

Nightmare‘s solid numbers should guarantee an encore performance next Halloween, perhaps in even more theaters as additional venues get equipped for 3-D projection. The film opened at No. 8 over the weekend, beating out newcomer Rendition, New Line Cinema’s political thriller starring Meryl Streep and Jake Gyllenhaal. That film only managed an estimated $4.1 million despite a fairly wide release in 1,855 venues. The DreamWorks/Paramount drama Things We Lost in the Fire also opened much wider than Nightmare and made just $1.6 million (est.).

Openers Gone Baby Gone from Miramax and The Comebacks from Fox Atomic did only slightly better than Nightmare, debuting to around $6 million and $5.8 million, respectively. Holdovers proved stronger as the second-, third- and fourth-place slots went to Lionsgate’s Tyler Perrys’ Why Did I Get Married, Disney’s The Game Plan and Warner Bros. Michael Clayton.

Sony’s vampire thriller 30 Days of Night sunk its teeth into the top spot with an estimated $16 million for the weekend. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, the fright flick features visual effects by Weta Digital, Digipost and PRPVFX.