Dreamworks Pictures Dreamgirls starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Danny Glover opened on Christmas day and acheived the 3rd highest box-office gross for a film opening on December 25th.

The musical took in 8.7 million dollars in only 852 theaters!

The film will expand wide on January 19th.

Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, Dreamgirls is set in the turbulent late 1960s and early '70s and follows the rise of a trio of women -- Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Deena (Beyonce Knowles) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose) -- who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx), who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). Curtis gradually takes control of the girls' look and sound, eventually giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. That spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing the less attractive Effie out altogether. Though the Dreams become a cross-over phenomenon, they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined.