According to The Hollywood Reporter, in a close race with Buena Vista's Glory Road, the Weinstein Co.'s Hoodwinked, caught the industry by surprise and took a shortcut to the top spot at the boxoffice during the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The PG-rated Hoodwinked, the distributor's first foray into CGI-animated family films, found an estimated $16.6 million in its boxoffice basket, and Glory Road ran a close second with $16.5 million. Heading into the holiday weekend, Hoodwinked was not high in prerelease tracking, but films that appeal to very young moviegoers are notoriously difficult to project.
Paramount's Last Holiday, a comedy staring Queen Latifah and helmed by Wayne Wang, debuted in the third spot with an estimated $15.7 million. Among the weekend's openers, Holiday was the front-runner heading into the session.