February 20, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Those hardy snow dogs of Eight Below won the box office race this weekend, premiering with a strong $25 million over the four-day holiday weekend, according to studio estimates.

Boasting stars Paul Walker and Jason Biggs as well as a family-friendly plotline, Eight Below managed to top its main competition, the new comedy Date Movie, which was the No. 1 flick after Friday but placed second for the weekend with $22.3 million.

Steve Martin’s remake of The Pink Panther held up very well, grossing another $21 million and bringing its two-week total to $46.7 million, followed by Curious George with $15.3 million and Final Destination 3 with $12.5 million.

Meanwhile, the flop of the week was certainly Freedomland, the Samuel L. Jackson/Julianne Moore drama that earned mostly negative reviews and opened with an embarrassingly low $7 million, placing seventh.

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