After Columbia TriStar warmed up audiences on previews starting a week ago, 50 First Dates confidently claimed the top spot in the box office charts with a gross of NZ$505,506 from 56 screens. It also had the highest screen average of the weekend at NZ$9,027.
It replaced UIP's Along Came Polly, which dropped to fourth position behind Roadshow's Scooby-Doo 2 - Monsters Unleashed, which was also in second place last weekend, and UIP's The Cat In The Hat which climbed two places to round out the top three. Both Scooby and Cat grossed more than they did on the previous weekend.
The only other opener in the chart besides 50 First Dates was 20th Century Fox's Agent Cody Banks 2 - Destination London. It's gross of NZ$166,409 from 45 screens put it in the top five but snapping at its heels, and on 15 less screens, was Columbia TriStar's Secret Window with NZ$166,246.