According to The Hollywood Reporter, Buena Vista's Flightplan, a suspense-thriller from Imagine Entertainment starring Jodie Foster, and Warner Bros. Pictures' Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, a PG-rated stop-motion animated film that teams Burton and Johnny Depp for the fifth time, debuted in the top two spots with an estimated $24.6 million and $20.1 million, respectively, helping raise the overall boxoffice for the weekend by a significant margin.
This weekend's two new ultra-wide releases opened in the areas anticipated heading into the session, but more importantly, the estimated total boxoffice for the top 12 films was up a substantial 51% from the comparable frame a year ago and marks the fourth consecutive up weekend for the business. For the year-to-date, as compared with 2004, it was by far the largest year-to-year weekend improvement on the books. The large uptick in business was despite the damage wrought by Hurricane Rita in southeast Texas and Louisiana this weekend and the earlier destruction brought by Hurricane Katrina.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is sitting pretty at the top of the international boxoffice yet again, while Cinderella Man punched its way to the No. 2 spot, according to weekend estimates. Charlie took in an estimated $13.7 million from nearly 4,000 prints in 55 markets. The cumulative total is now just shy of $200 million at $199.3 million. The Tim Burton film opened at No. 1 in Italy with $2.8 million on 402 screens, ahead of Fantastic Four in its second weekend and Madagascar in its fourth. In Denmark, the children's tale bowed to $333,000 from 64 screens, including sneaks, again the top film ahead of Madagascar in its fourth weekend and local film Drabet in its fifth.