Family titles dominated the top 10 as Buena Vista's CG picture ChickenLittle stayed top forthe second weekend in a row ahead of Sony's new release Zathura.
Chicken Little added an estimated $32m for an excellent $80.8m running totalafter two weekends. The picture will certainly pass $100m although it will comeunder heavy fire next weekend when Warner Bros unleashes Harry Potter AndThe Goblet of Fire.
Zathura,Jon Favreau's family adventure about a magical board game, was well received bythe critics and opened in second place on $14m.
Jonah Bobo, Kristen Stewart andJosh Hutcherson star in the fantasy which averaged $4,343 on 3,223 screens.
Derailed,The Weinstein Company's first release since Harvey and Bob extricatedthemselves from their troubled marriage with Disney, opened in third place on$12.8m.
Company executives said they were as happy as could be with thelaunch, which was projected to open in the $10.5m range.
However the critics weren't so thrilled with Derailed, which stars Jennifer Aniston and CliveOwen as lovers who become entangled in a brutal blackmail plot.
Mikael Hafstrom directed the picture, which averaged $5,243 on2,441 screens and will expand by 200 screens next weekend.
Opening in fourth on $12.5m was Paramount's controversial rap sagaGet Rich Or Die Tryin',which stars 50 Cent as a drug dealer who tries to go straight.
Thepicture, directed by Ireland's Jim Sheridan, opened to so-so reviews butaveraged a strong $7,566 on just 1,652 screens. It has grossed $18.2m sinceopening on Wednesday.
Focus Features' Pride & Prejudice was perhaps the most notable of theweekend's openers, taking in a magnificent $2.8m on 215 sceeens for a rocksolid screen average of $13,041.
Buoyed by excellent reviews the familiar period drama is expectedto prosper in the weeks ahead. Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen star asthe star-crossed lovers and Joe Wright directed.
Elsewhere Universal's Gulf War tale Jarhead fell three places to fifth on $12.3m for$47.1m after two weekends, and Sony/Spyglass' The Legend Of Zorro ranked seventh with a total of $39.5mafter three weekends.
In its third weekend LionsGate's horror sequel Saw II continued topack a punch and ranks sixth after raising the cumulative total by $9.4mm to$74.2m.
Overall the top 12 titlesgenerated a combined $114.7m box office, trailing the same weekend last year by15%.
Next weekend's wide releases are Warner Bros' Harry Potter AndThe Goblet Of Fire starringDaniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson alongside a star-studded Britishadult ensemble; and Fox's Johnny cash biopic Walk The Line, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and ReeseWitherspoon.
Estimated Top Ten US Nov 11-13 2005
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekendgross/Estimated total to date
1 (1) Chicken Little (Buena Vista) BVI $32m $80.8m
2 (-) Zathura (Columbia) SPRI $14m -
3 (-) Derailed (The Weinstein Co) The Weinstein Co $12.8m -
4 (-) Get Rich Or Die Tryin' (Paramount) UIP $12.5m $18.2m
5 (2) Jarhead (Universal) UIP $12.3m $47.1m
6 (3) Saw II (Lions Gate) LGFI $9.4m $74.2m
7(4) The Legend Of Zorro (Sony)SPRI/Spyglass $6.6m $39.5m
8 (5) Prime (Universal) Focus Features $3.9m $18.9m
9 (6) Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story (DreamWorks) Hyde Park Int'l $3.8m $28.9m
10 (-) Pride& Prejudice (FocusFeatures) UIP $2.8m -