`Wallace & Gromit' up against strong challengers

Box Office

October 14, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- Clay-animated pals Wallace & Gromit will square off against two other high-profile pairs this week for box-office supremacy. Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst in Elizabethtown and George Clooney and the ghost of Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck will try to topple The Curse of the Were-Rabbit from the No. 1 spot.

Curse took in $16 million during its debut weekend, while Jodie Foster's Flightplan fell to No. 2.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.:

.......................................Weekend....No.of....Per....Gross

Rk(lw)Title (Studio)....gross*....screens....location....Wks....total*

1( -)Wallace & Gromit (DreamWorks)..$16.0..3,645..$4,397..1..$16,0

2(1)Flightplan (Disney)..$10.8..3,323..$3,239..3..$60.9

3(-)In Her Shoes (20th Century Fox)..$10.0..2,808..$3,568..1..$10.0

4(-)Two for the Money (Universal)..$8.7..2,391..$3,640..1..$8.7

5(-)The Gospel (Sony Screen Gems)..$7.5..969..$7,764..1..$7.5

6(3)Corpse Bride (Warner Bros.) ..$6.5..3,004..$2,168..4..$42.1

7(-)Waiting (Lions Gate) ..$6.0..1,652..$3,645..1..$6.0

8(2)Serenity (Universal)..$5.42,189..$2,445..2..$18.0

9(4)A History of Violence (New Line)..$5.1..1,340..$3,7813..$16.6

10(5)Into the Blue (Sony)..$4.8..2,789..$1,732..2..$13.9

11(9)Greatest Game...Played (Disney)..$3.9..1,810..$2,1582..$8.7

12(6)Just Like Heaven (DreamWorks)..$3.5..2,307..$1,4974..$43.6

13(7)The Exorcism of Emily Rose (Sony Screen Gems) ..$2.4..1,827..$1,3375..$72.1

14(10)The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Universal) ..$1.9..1,132..$1,6508..$104.4

15(8)Roll Bounce (Fox Searchlight) ..$1.7..888..$1,9623..$15.1

16(14)Proof (Miramax) ..$1.5..517..$2,8674..$4.4

17(12)The Constant Gardener (Focus) ..$0.9..469..$1,8176..$31.3

18(11)Lord of War (Lions Gate) ..$0.7..550..$1,2384..$23.3

19(16)March of the Penguins (Warner Independent) ..$0.5..469..$1,00916..$75.4

20(-)Magnificent Desolation (IMAX) ..$0.4..82..$5,3441..$1.8

* in millions

Next Week

DOOM -- The popular video game series comes to the big screen with an action-adventure cast led by wrestler-turned-actor The Rock. (Universal Pictures)

SEPARATE LIES -- Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson and Ruppert Everett star in this story of love and infidelity. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

STAY -- A professor tries to prevent one of his students from committing suicide. With Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. (20th Century Fox)

DREAMER -- In this Seabiscuit for kids, a trainer (Kurt Russell) and his spunky daughter (Dakota Fanning) help an injured horse heal to get a shot at the Breeders Cup. (DreamWorks)

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