According to The Hollywood Reporter, The crowds were not quite as thick as pea soup, but the horror remake The Fog pulled in enough fans to win a close race at the weekend boxoffice with an estimated $12.2 million debut.
Finishing second was the previous weekend's No. 1 movie, the animated adventure Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which took in $11.7 million to lift its total to $33.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Cameron Crowe's quirky romance Elizabethtown, starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, overcame poor reviews to open at No. 3 with approximately $11 million.
The weekend's other new wide release -- Tony Scott's action thriller Domino, with Keira Knightley -- flopped with roughly $4.7 million, coming in sixth.
United International Pictures' Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit continued to dominate the international boxoffice over the weekend, which was otherwise sprinkled with holdovers and a few strong openings. Nick Park's latest installment took in an estimated $26.4 million internationally (including non-UIP territories), giving a cumulative total of more than $40 million. The DreamWorks Animation/Aardman Animations production opened at No. 1 in the U.K. with an estimated $11.3 million from 502 locations -- almost 100% more than Park's earlier effort, Chicken Run -- to garner a national cume, including previews, of $16.2 million. It also opened at the top spots in Germany, with an estimated $2.3 million from 680 screens, and Austria, with $225,000 from 94 sites, while holding on to its top place in France. With school holidays about to start in many European countries, UIP is expecting to see excellent returns over coming weeks.
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