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Narnia movie topples Kong in US
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is the first Narnia movie
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe has toppled King Kong to reclaim the top spot at the US box office.

The adaptation of CS Lewis' story took $32.8m (18.9m) at the North American box office over the weekend and Monday, ending King Kong's two-week reign.

The Narnia movie also topped the international box office, taking $53.5m (30.9m) outside the US in that time.

US box office takings for 2005 totalled $8.9bn (5.1bn), down 5% from 2004, monitor Exhibitor Relations said.

The number of movie tickets sold in the US in 2005 fell by 7% to their lowest level since 1997.

US BOX OFFICE CHART
Fun With Dick and Jane stars Tea Leoni and Jim Carrey
1. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
2. King Kong
3. Fun With Dick and Jane (Above)
4. Cheaper By the Dozen 2
5. Rumor Has It
6. The Family Stone
7. Memoirs of a Geisha
8. The Ringer
9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
10. Munich
Source: Exhibitor Relations

Jim Carrey comedy Fun With Dick and Jane took $21m (12m) in North America over the holiday weekend, at number three in the box office chart.

Director Steven Spielberg's latest film Munich - about Israel's attempt to find Palestinian militants who killed 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games - reached 10th place during its first week on limited release.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, starring Tilda Swinton and James McAvoy, is the first of the Chronicles of Narnia series to be made into a big-budget feature film.

The Disney film follows the Pevensie children, who discover a wardrobe which is a gateway to the magical land of Narnia.

The movie has taken a total of $450.3m (260m) at the global box office - including North America - since its release last month.

In addition to its US success, the movie is currently number one in the UK, Australia, France, Germany and Russia among others.


SEE ALSO:
Kong captures festive box office
27 Dec 05 |  Entertainment
King Kong UK debut beats Narnia
20 Dec 05 |  Entertainment
'Slow start' in US for Kong film
19 Dec 05 |  Entertainment
Narnia tops US and UK box offices
12 Dec 05 |  Entertainment


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