HomeFilmBox Office Weekend Box Office PreviewDec. 16, 2005 Variety Staff Follow Us on Twitter @Variety Share This Article LinkedIn Email Print Talk December 15, 2005 | 10:14PM PT After slow start, 'Kong' looking for B.O. boost THE WEIGHT OF WEDNESDAY Despite falling short of ‘Lord of the Rings’ first-day gross, Universal hopes ‘King Kong’ emulates the success of previous lower-grossing Wednesday openers. Pic Wed. B.O.* 5-day* Final* LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring (’01) 18.5 75 315 Pirates of the Caribbean (’03) 13.5 71 305 Armageddon (’98) 9.7 54 202 King Kong (’05) 9.7 ? ? *in millions of $ BOWING Movie Title Engagements King Kong (U) 3,568 The Family Stone (20th) 2,465 Bluff Master (UTV) 43 The Producers (U) 6 The Three Burials of Malquiades Estrada (Sony Classics) NY, LA 5 Happy Here and Now (IFC) NY, LA 2 Electric Shadows (First Run) NY 1 The Grace Lee Project (Women Make Movies) NY 1 Hoodwinked (Weinstein Co.) LA 1 EXPANDING Brokeback Mountain (Focus) 5 – 69 Memoirs of a Geisha (Sony) 8 – 52 YEAR TO DATE* (in billions of $) 8.5 2004 thru Dec. 12 8.1 -5% 2005 thru Dec. 11 1. King Kong 2. Chronicles of Narnia 3. The Family Stone 4. Syriana 5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire AOL Moviefone derives its Top Five Most Requested films from activity on its Web site. The Top Five have historically been 80% accurate in predicting the weekend’s top five movies at the box office. Visit Moviefone View opening films RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES As of Dec. 15 Movie Title New date Old date BUENA VISTA Stay Alive March 24 FOX Night at the Museum Dec. 22 ’06 INTL. FILM CIRCUIT Tamara Feb. 3 Shakespeare Behind Bars March 10 Beyond Honor March 24 LIONS GATE Skinwalkers Dec. ’06 SONY Ultraviolet Feb. 24 Ghost Rider Feb. 16 ’07 July 14 THE WEINSTEIN CO. Hoodwinked Dec. 16 Dec. 23 The Matador Dec. 30 Dec. 23 *New entries in red Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY. Post A Comment 0 Film ‘Star Wars’ Cast: Then and Now (Photos) Music Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell Laid to Rest TV Fox News Insists Sean Hannity Will Return to Show TV The Stars of ‘Baywatch’: Then and Now (Photos) Could a Perfect Storm Help Push Elisabeth Moss to Her First Emmy Win? Cannes Awards: Controversial Swedish Satire ‘The Square’ Wins Palme d’Or Cannes: Predicting This Year’s Palme d’Or Winner and Other Awards Why This Year’s Cannes Lineup May Be Too Edgy for Oscar Variety Jobs Creative Development Coordinator Triptyk Studios, New York, New York Account/Project Coordinator (Ad Agency) Petrol Advertising, Burbank, California Media Specialist Bridgewater Associates, Westport, Connecticut Executive Director, Aspen Film Company Confidential, Aspen, Colorado Associate Director, YouTuber & Gamer Partnerships Save the Children, Fairfield, Connecticut See More Jobs Marketplace Leave a Reply No Comments Cancel reply Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications. Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.