''Cat'' and ''Mansion'' both claim box office victory
''Cat'' and ''Mansion'' both claim box office victory -- Eddie Murphy's spooked realtor and Mike Myers' furball each claim to have come out on top over Thanksgiving weekend
Who won the box office battle this weekend? Depends who you ask, and when. Early Sunday, Disney estimates had ”The Haunted Mansion” opening on top with $25.3 million, besting the week-old ”Cat in the Hat” at $24.7 million. But later in the day, Universal revised its ”Cat” tally upward to $25.6 million, beating ”Mansion” by a whisker and scratching out a second straight victory. Still, ”Mansion” claimed the best performance over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, earning $35 million since it opened on Wednesday.
Similarly impressive was ”Elf”’s holiday magic; in its fourth week, its take actually rose 18 percent, stuffing another $22.2 million into its stocking for a third-place finish. Moviegoers seeking more grown-up fare made ”Gothika” the fourth-place finisher, as the Halle Berry thriller scared up another $12.71 million, down 34 percent from last week’s debut. That was enough to edge out ”Master and Commander,” which sailed into the No. 5 slot with a $12.7 million take, down just 17 percent from last week.
Besides ”Mansion,” the weekend’s other new movies included indie black comedy ”Bad Santa,” which opened in sixth place with a solid $12.5 million. Ron Howard’s western spectacle ”The Missing” rode in seventh with $11.7 million, while the sci-fi adventure ”Timeline” opened a disappointing eighth at just $8.5 million. You don’t need a time machine to predict this movie’s speedy retreat to the video shelves.