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Theater Counts: Chronicles of Narnia Opens in 3,616 Theaters

December 8th, 2005

The Chronicles of Narnia opens this weekend in a solid 3,616 theaters. It's a guaranteed number one, of course, but there'll be great interest in its opening weekend gross, as Hollywood looks to make up for a relatively poor year with a strong Holiday Season. Its benchmark is Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (the first movie in the Lord of the Rings franchise), which opened with $47 million the weekend before Christmas 2001. Anything less than that, and King Kong will have to work a miracle to save the year.

The only other major release this weekend is Syriana, which expands into 1,752 venues, after 2 weeks in limited release.

RankMovieTheatersChangeWeeks in
Release
Distributor
1Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire3,728-1304Warner Bros.
2Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The3,616New1Buena Vista
3Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)3,210n/c3Paramount
4Walk the Line3,034-1264Fox
5Aeon Flux2,608n/c2Paramount
6Just Friends2,464-413New Line
7Chicken Little2,326-6956Buena Vista
8Rent1,971-4663Sony
9Syriana1,752+1,7433Warner Bros.
10Pride and Prejudice (2005)1,335+85Focus

25Neal n' Nikki40New1Yash Raj Films
26Memoirs of a Geisha8New1Sony
27Mrs. Henderson Presents6New1Weinstein Co.
28Brokeback Mountain5New1Focus
29World's Fastest Indian, The3New1Magnolia
30Marebito2New1Tartan Films
31Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Levanthal1New17th Art Releasing

Estimated Theater Counts for Next Week's Openers

MovieTheatersDistributor
King Kong (2005)3,500Universal
Producers, The (2005)6Universal
Grace Lee Project, The2Women Make Movies
Electric Shadows1First Run
Bluff MasterNot announcedUTV
Tres entierros de Melquiades Estrada, LosNot announcedSony Classics
Family Stone, TheNot announcedFox

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