The epics were at it again this weekend but this time TheChronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe won out over KingKong.
After a closely contested Christmas weekend saw Konghold the lead the four-day New Year weekend saw the great ape pass the crownback to Aslan and friends. Narnia grossed $32.8m over the four-dayholiday weekend ahead of King Kong's $31.6m.
The battle provided a great start to the New Year with theweekend finished 5% up on the same weekend year-on-year.
With no major new openers Christmas comedy holdovers FunWith Dick And Jane ($21m), Cheaper By The Dozen 2 ($19.3m) and RumorHas It ($11.6m) took advantage of audiences that were looking foralternatives to the two blockbusters.
The Jim Carrey/Tea Leoni comedy saw just a minorweek-on-week drop while both Cheaper By The Dozen 2 and Rumor Has Itsaw substantial leaps in their second week - the latter jumping from eighth tofifth place in the process.
With Christmas still a recent event the holiday-themed TheFamily Stone was also holding well with a $10.2m just $700,000 down on theprevious weekend.
Memoirs Of A Geisha also held solid, just $200,000down week-on-week, while Steven Spielberg's Munich moved into the topten in its second week with $6.1m.
Domestic Top Ten Estimated - Dec 30-January 2 Four-dayweekend
Title (Distributor) Weekend gross
1 The Chronicles Of Narnia (Buena Vista) $32.8m
2 King Kong (Universal) $31.6m
3 Fun With Dick And Jane (Sony) $21m
4 Cheaper By The Dozen 2 (20th Fox) $19.3m
5 Rumor Has It (Warner Bros) $11.6m
6 The Family Stone (20th Fox) $10.2m
7 Memoirs Of A Geisha (Sony) $10m
8 The Ringer (Fox Searchlight) $8m
9 Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Warner Bros) $7.5m
10 Munich (Universal) $6.1m