According to The Hollywood Reporter, By and large audiences in North America chose to forgo this weekend's four new wide releases and stick with the familiar. Warner Bros. Pictures' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and New Line Cinema's Wedding Crashers easily held onto the top two spots at the boxoffice for the second consecutive weekend while DreamWorks' The Island -- the most high profile among the newcomers -- could only muster a cheerless fourth place debut.
Charlie, starring Johnny Depp and helmed by Tim Burton, unwrapped an estimated $28.3 million, down 50% from its debut a week ago. Thanks in part to strong mid-week business the PG-rated feature crossed the $100 million mark on Saturday -- in nine days -- as its cume to date advanced to $114.1 million. The Owen Wilson-Vince Vaughn starrer Crashers scored an estimated $26.2 million in its sophomore frame, down a scant 23% from its opening. The R-rated comedy has gleaned an estimated $80.9 million in 10 days.
Fantastic Four pulled in $22.9 million, Madagascar made $20.3 million, War of the Worlds earned an estimated $17.5 million, The Island corralled $10.5 million, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory made $5.6 million over the weekend at the international boxoffice, according to estimates.
After scrumptious domestic returns, Warner Bros. opened Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in seven new markets, grossing a total from 11 territories of about $5.6 million from 1,238 screens and 960,000 admissions. This brings the cumulative total for the collaboration between director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp to about $12.1 million.
In Brazil, roughly $1 million from 334 screens brought the remake in ahead of holdovers Fantastic Four and Madagascar and the opening of The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D. In Holland, Charlie's No. 1 bow of $773,000 from 35,000 admissions and 123 prints surpassed opening totals for Fantastic Four by 141% and Herbie: Fully Loaded by 111% and was on par with recent family hit Madagascar.