Universal's Meet The Fockers stayed top and passed $200m in its third weekend while theparanormal thriller White Noise, produced by Gold Circle Films and handled by Universal in NorthAmerica, opened strongly in second place on an estimated $24m.
Fockers becomes the sixth biggest release of 2004 and addedan estimated $28.5m for a $204.3m running total. Studio executives expect it topass $250m. The 2000 original Meet The Parents finished on $166m.
White Noise opened to abysmal reviews but averaged a very strong $10,614 on2,261 screens. Michael Keaton and Deborah Kara Unger star in the tale ofElectronic Voice Phenomenon, a form of communication from beyond the grave.Geoffrey Sax directed.
ElsewhereMiramax's The Aviator stayedairborne in third place on $7.6m for $42.9m in its fourth weekend, Paramount'shit children's tale Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events fell two to fourth on a $105.5m running total, andWarner Bros' Ocean's Twelve fellone to sixth on $115.4m.
Sony'scomedy Spanglish dropped oneplace to eighth on $37.6m after its fourth weekend, while Warner Bros' AndrewLloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera continues to languish at the fringes in ninth place on $21.6m afterthree weekends.
Buena Vista's whimsical adventure The Life Aquatic With SteveZissou re-entered thetop 10 in its fifth weekend, climbing one to 10th on $2.7m for $19.4m.
Next weekend is Martin Luther King Day Weekend and wide releasesinclude Paramount's true life sports saga Coach Carter starring Samuel L Jackson; TwentiethCentury Fox's Daredevilspin-off Elektra,starring Jennifer Garner; and Warner Bros children's animated/live actionfamily comedy Racing Stripes, which features the voice talents of Frankie Muniz and WhoopiGoldberg, among others.
Estimated Top Ten US Jan 7-9 2005
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekendgross/Estimated total to date
1 (1) Meet The Fockers (Universal) DreamWorks/UIP $28.5m $204.3m
2 (-) White Noise (Universal) Senator Int'l $24m -
3 (3) The Aviator (Miramax) Initial Entertainment $7.6m $42.9m
4 (2) Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events (Paramount) DreamWorks/UIP $7.4m $105.5m
5 (4) Fat Albert (Fox) Fox Int'l $6m $41.3m
6 (5) Ocean's Twelve (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Int'l $5.4m $115.4m
7 (6) National Treasure (Buena Vista) BVI $4.5m $160.7m
8 (7) Spanglish (Sony) SPRI $4.4m $37.6m
9 (9) Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera (Warner Bros) Odyssey Entertainment $3.4m$21.6m
10 (11) TheLife Aquatic With Steve Zissou (Buena Vista) BVI $2.7m $19.4m