BVI's Scary Movie 3 was easily the hit film of the weekend, earning NZ$403,565 from 31 screens upon appearing at cinemas for the first time. It's screen average was a quite extraordinary NZ$13,018 - the Kiwi's love their horror films - bettered only by the re-release of The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (special edition).
Showing strong resilience is UIP's runner-up Love Actually, which held its position with a gross of NZ$235,672 from 51 screens, in its third week. Last week's top film, Columbia TriStar's Underworld, fell two spots, taking NZ$149,506 from 38 screens in its second week.
In third position was the opener Looney Tunes - Back In Action. Given its high screen count of 59, the NZ$108,843 gross would have been disappointing for distributor Roadshow. The other new film. Hoyts/Icon's specialist title Cypher, was well down the chart with a gross of NZ$10,115 from only six screens.
Calendar Girls continues to defy logic and with distributor BVI adding 14 screens for its tenth weekend in the top 10, expect it to hang around for even longer. Its total gross of NZ$2.6 million is the third largest in the chart.