"Charlie" Sells a Lot of Golden Tickets to Snatch the Box Office Prize

by | July 18, 2005 | Comments

Another summer weekend, another massive opening. Knocking "Fantastic Four" out of the number one spot, Tim Burton‘s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" pulled in just over $55 million during its first three days of release. Pretty impressive numbers, especially considering how many kiddies were at home with their noses joyously stuck in the brand-new "Harry Potter" book!

Also debuting in exceedingly fine form was the Owen Wilson / Vince Vaughn comedy "Wedding Crashers," which handily surpassed the expectations of its own studio and hauled in just over $32 million in its opening weekend. New Line marketing chief Russell Schwartz would like to thank the critics: "We were looking for a minimum of $25 million. The reviews jumped the older audience and probably accounted for the additional box office."

Down nearly 60% from its opening weekend was "Fantastic Four," which tallied about $22.5 million in its sophomore frame, but also managed to pass the $100m mark in pretty speedy fashion. Rounding out the top five were "War of the Worlds," with $15 million ($192m total), and "Batman Begins," with $5.6 million ($182m total).

Next Friday sees the release of four new wide releases: the indie rap drama "Hustle & Flow," Rob Zombie‘s "The Devil’s Rejects," Paramount’s "Bad News Bears" remake, and Michael Bay‘s sci-fi actioner "The Island."

For a closer look at the weekend numbers, you’re more than welcome to visit the Rotten Tomatoes box office page.

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