''Fockers'' breaks more box office records. The top-grossing movie for the second week, it's earned nearly as much in 12 days as ''Meet the Parents'' did during its entire run

By Gary Susman
December 28, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

For the second straight weekend, Meet the Fockers was like buttah at the box office. Let us count the ways: It ruled at the multiplex with an estimated $42.8 million weekend, bringing the sequel’s total to $163.4 weekend, having earned nearly as much in 12 days of release as 2000’s Meet the Parents made during its entire run ($166 million). Fockers also set two new records. Its $12.2 million New Year’s Eve was the best Dec. 31 take ever (previous record holder Cast Away earned $8.5 million four years ago), and it also set a New Year’s Day record of $18 million, beating the $12.8 million earned last Jan. 1 by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Holding in second place for the weekend was Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which scared up another $14.7 million. The Aviator ascended one spot to No. 3 and flew off with another $11.2 million. Gravity began to take its toll on Fat Albert, which fell one notch to No. 4 on sales of $10.7 million. Remaining at No. 5 was Ocean’s Twelve, with $9.2 million.