[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Monday, 6 December, 2004, 09:33 GMT
Cage film's third week at US top
Nicolas Cage
Nicholas Cage plays a fortune-hunter in National Treasure
Nicolas Cage movie National Treasure has topped the US and Canada box office for the third week in a row.

National Treasure made $17.1m (8.8m) in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday, according to studio estimates, taking its total to $110.2m (56.7m).

Comedy Christmas with the Kranks, starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, was in second place.

The Polar Express entered in third place while Jude Law film Closer made its debut at number six.

TOP 10 US FILMS
1. National Treasure
2. Christmas With the Kranks
3. The Polar Express
4. The Incredibles
5. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
6. Closer
7. Alexander
8. Finding Neverland
9. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
10. Ray
Source: Exhibitor Relations
Oliver Stone's big-budget epic Alexander, starring Colin Farrell, followed last week's disappointing sixth-place opening with a slump to seventh place and takings of $4.7m (2.4m).

Critics have savaged the three-hour epic, which reportedly cost $150m (77m) to make.

National Treasure, which sees Cage's character Ben Gates chase a hidden fortune, has been made by Disney Studios.

It is Cage's fourth collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer, who is usually noted for his male-orientated action films.


SEE ALSO:
SpongeBob squeezed at box office
22 Nov 04 |  Entertainment
Third marriage for Nicolas Cage
31 Jul 04 |  Entertainment
Getting to know SpongeBob
19 Nov 04 |  Entertainment
Camp cartoon star 'is not gay'
09 Oct 02 |  Entertainment


RELATED BBC LINKS:

RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific