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Around The World Flies in the Face of Competition


Around The World Flies in the Face of Competition

Disney’s adaptation of the classic Jules Verne tale, Around the World in 80 Days, enters a competitive weekend at the North American box office. The Jackie Chan vehicle arrived in theaters on Wednesday to get a jump on the numbers game but only managed a seventh place opening with $1.4 million. Now it’s not only up against holdovers Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Chronicles of Riddick, Shrek 2, Garfield: The Movie and The Stepford Wives, but also DreamWorks’ Steven Spielberg-directed dramedy, The Terminal, starring Ton Hanks, and Twentieth Century Fox’s comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.

In Around the World in 80 Days, Chan is a Chinese thief who hooks up with an eccentric Victorian inventor (Steve Coogan) attempting to circumvent the globe via various contraptions. In addition to a slew of celebrity cameos, the film features visual effects by Rhythm & Hues, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, Cinesite and Moving Picture Co., produced under the watch of visual effects supervisor Derek Spears (Daredevil, The Sum of All Fears).

Given Harry Potter‘s steep 63% drop-off in its second weekend, there may be some room for new family fare like Around the World this weekend. Still, the momentum for DreamWorks’ Shrek 2 should continue as audiences return for repeat viewings. Twentieth Century Fox’s Garfield may also steal some of World‘s thunder in its second week.

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