Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire stayed on top of the domestic box officefor a third weekend, with an estimated $20.5m haul that raised the runningtotal to $229.8m.
The family film is slowing down but still had much for thecompetition, including the only new title to break into the top 10,Paramount's comic book adaptation Aeon Flux.
That picture, which was not screened to the press, receivedpredictably appalling reviews on Saturday but that didn't stop it opening insecond place on $13.1m for a strong $5,023 average on 2,608 screens. CharlizeTheron stars as the gifted secret operative trying to overthrow the rulers of adystopian future. Frances McDormand also stars and Karyn Kusama directed.
Fox's Walk The Line continues to show great legs and ranks third on $10m for$68.8m after three weekends, while Paramount's romantic comedy remake Yours,Mine & Ours ranksfourth on $34.6m after two. Rounding out the top five is New Line'sromantic comedy Just Friends on $21.1m after two.
Elsewhere Buena Vista's animated story Chicken Little ranks eighth on $124.2m after five, andThe Weinstein Company's thriller Derailed stands at $32.8m in ninth place afterfour weekends.
Overall the top 12 titles combined for $79m, much the same as thecorresponding weekend of 2004.
Next weekend's wide release are Buena Vista/WaldenMedia's children's adaptation The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion,The Witch And The Wardrobe;Sony's epic Japan-set tale Memoirs Of A Geisha starring Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li; and thewide expansion of Warner Bros' thriller Syriana, which stars George Clooney and MattDamon.
Estimated Top Ten North America Dec 2-4 2005
Film(Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimatedtotal to date
1 (1) Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Warner Bros) WBPI $20.5m $229.8m
2 (-) Aeon Flux (Paramount) UIP $13.1m -
3 (2) Walk The Line (Fox) Sox Intl $10m $68.8m
4 (3) Yours, Mine And Ours (Paramount) SPRI $8.4m $34.6m
5 (6) Just Friends (New Line) Inferno Distribution $5.6m $21.1m
6 (7) Pride & Prejudice (Focus Features) UIP $4.6m $22.6m
7 (5) Rent (Revolution/Sony) SPRI $4.6m $23.9m
8 (4) Chicken Little (Buena Vista) BVI $4.5m $124.2m
9 (8) Derailed (The Weinstein Co) The Weinstein Co $2.4m $32.8m
10 (9) In TheMix (Lions Gate) LGI$1.9m $8.7m