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December 14, 2005

King Kong is Released!

in the USA 14 December 2005

visit King Kong @ imdb.com

Box Office Results Dec. 16-18, 2005

Number: 1
Weekend Gross: $50,130,145
Theatres: 3568
Theatre Average: $14,049
Weeks in Release: 1
Total Gross: $66,181,645
Budget: $207 million.

'King Kong' a Gentle Giant on Opening Day

by Brandon Gray December 15, 2005

Relative to industry and media expectations, Universal Pictures' King Kong was a big softy on opening day, grabbing $9.8 million from around 7,500 screens at 3,567 playdates.

"We think the numbers are fine," countered Nikki Rocco, Universal's head of distribution. "We think we had a great kickoff to a film that we known has great playability. Based on word-of-mouth we're confident it only gets better from here."

Director Peter Jackson's $207 million remake of the 1933 monster movie notched the 21st biggest Wednesday opening on record, significantly less than the $18.2 million start of Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Prior to the debut, Universal had suggested Fellowship as a benchmark.

"Kong didn't break any records," Rocco said. "But I think exhibition is thrilled. There were no kids out of school, and there were terrible weather conditions. Kong's not a built-in franchise. It's not a geeky kind of thing. It wasn't a record breaker, but it's a solid start. A million and half people [from opening day] will be spreading word-of-mouth. I think we're going to have a fabulous weekend."

A mid-week launch of King Kong's magnitude in December prior to Christmas lacks much precedent. The Lord of the Rings pictures each opened on Wednesdays, but they struck a little later in December as the Christmas movie-going season was heating up. Rocco noted that vacation for the nation's schools doesn't start until Monday, when 42 percent will be out.

The Wednesday launch of a hyped event picture will normally equal around 25 percent to 50 percent of the opening weekend. The most notable exception was Shrek 2. The fractured fairy tale sequel began with an $11.8 million Wednesday but went on to enjoy a $108 million opening weekend.

Additionally, King Kong bowed in 36 foreign territories on Wednesday and racked up an estimated $8 million, bringing its worldwide opening day to about $17.8 million.


*Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects: Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences
*BAFTA Award for Visual Effects
*Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
*Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture
*Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture
*Critics Choice Award for Distinguished Achievement in Performing Arts
*National Board of Review Award for Outstanding Achievement in Special Effects

BoxOfficeMojo.com's "King Kong" Statistics


Posted by dschnee at December 14, 2005 1:01 AM