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Don't you love the movie business? I especially like it when analysts and specialists do their work and come up with predictions that end up not quite matching what reality has served. This is another such weekend. Everybody was considering Pink Panther, The (2006) to be a major flop to match its dire reviews. For a movie that cost $80M to make, and close to half that to market, a $20.2M opening is certainly not a reason to cry victory, but it is far from being a severe defeat either. If the movie shows decent legs, it might be able to recoup its costs in the home video market.

Final Destination 3 (2006) was widely expected to win the weekend, but it finished second. With $19.2M though, the movie is already a success, having opened with more than its two sequels. The question is whether the movie will cross the $50M and warrant a fourth installment.

Curious George (2006) also surprised everybody. With $14.7M, the classic animation (as in "not digital") did a lot better than people had thought, attracting lots of families with young children.

The big loser of the weekend has got to be Firewall (2006), which did just $13.6M in its opening weekend. Looks like Harrison Ford is still in the penalty box with the audience.

#MovieWeekendTheatersTotalDays
1 Pink Panther, The (2006)$20.2M3,477$20.2M3
2 Final Destination 3 (2006)$19.2M2,880$19.2M3
3 Curious George (2006)$14.7M2,566$14.7M3
4 Firewall (2006)$13.6M2,840$13.6M3
5 When A Stranger Calls (2006)$9.1M3,004$34M10
6 Big Momma's House 2 (2006)$6.9M2,733$54.9M17
7 Nanny McPhee (2005)$4.9M2,148$33M17
8This movie has an online cover Brokeback Mountain (2005)$4M1,966$66.5M66
9This movie has an online cover Underworld 2: Evolution (2006)$2.6M1,835$57.4M24
10This movie has an online cover Hoodwinked! The True Story of Red Riding Hood (2006)$2.4M2,085$47.3M59
11 Something New (2006)$2.3M1,265$8.2M10
12This movie has an online cover Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, The (2005)$2.1M1,302$284.7M66
13This movie has an online cover Walk The Line (2005)$2M1,248$113.6M87
14 Annapolis (2006)$1.4M1,250$15.3M17
15This movie has an online cover Match Point (2005)$1.4M512$18.4M47
16This movie has an online cover Capote (2005)$1.3M930$20.1M136
17 Matador, The (2005)$1.2M712$10.5M45
18This movie has an online cover Glory Road (2006)$1.1M1,351$40.7M31
19 Good Night And Good Luck (2005)$872K685$28.2M129
20This movie has an online cover Munich (2005)$783.5K546$44.3M52
For the top 20 movies:$112.1M35,335$944.8M


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