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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 1:07 am    Post subject: `King Kong' Nudges 'Narnia' at Box Office Reply with quote

"King Kong" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" battled for the four-day box office crown with the giant ape finally swiping the Christmas holiday prize.

A Sunday night surge gave Universal's "King Kong" the needed push for the No. 1 spot with over the Friday-through-Monda y period with $31.4 million, edging Buena Vista's "Chronicles of Narnia" estimated $30.1 million take.

The box office lead shifted back and forth all last week as new releases cropped up on marquees Wednesday, Friday and still more Christmas Day.

"It's a battle of the holiday blockbusters. It was very close for the No. 1 position," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.

"There's only so much room. I think crowded is the fair term to describe the marketplace right now," Universal Pictures vice chairman Marc Shmuger said Monday, noting overall box office was up 20 percent over the weekend compared to the previous weekend.

"These two movies are energizing the business," said Chuck Viane, president Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, adding "Narnia" is continuing to lure audiences in its third week of release.

"This is a fantastic hold," Viane said. "We're probably looking at breaking the $200 million barrier by New Year's Eve. I think what you have here is a movie instantly becoming one of those holiday classics."

Sony's "Fun With d*** and Jane" was third with $23.5 million.
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