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`Dreamgirls' Has Dreamy Christmas Day

`Dreamgirls' Has Dreamy Christmas Day

It was a great Christmas for the Paramount Pictures musical "Dreamgirls."
The film, starring Eddie Murphy and Beyonce Knowles, earned $8.7 million on Christmas Day according to studio estimates as it expanded from three locations to 852 theaters nationwide.
That was good enough to push it into the top-10 grossing films for the four-day holiday weekend, knocking the religious-themed "The Nativity Story" to 11th place.
"The response to the movie has been spectacular," Rob Moore, president and chief operating officer at Paramount, a unit of Viacom Inc., said Tuesday.
The studio will release the film to about 2,000 theaters in a few weeks, giving the musical a good financial head start, Moore said.
The film, which also stars Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Hudson, also has dreams of Oscar.
"Dreamgirls is an Oscar contender if ever there was one," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. "It's a crowd pleaser."
The Ben Stiller comedy "Night at the Museum" retained its No. 1 standing, pulling in $42.2 million over the holiday weekend, including $12.4 million on Christmas Day.
The horror flick "Black Christmas" from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer earned a respectable one-day total of $3.3 million on its debut Monday.
"There's always an audience that wants to be counter to the norm," Dergarabedian said.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Wednesday.
1. "Night at the Museum," $42.2 million.
2. "The Pursuit of Happyness," $23.1 million.
3. "Rocky Balboa," $17 million.
4. "The Good Shepherd," $13.9 million.
5. "Charlotte's Web," $9.5 million.
6. "Eragon," $9.3 million.
7. "Dreamgirls," $8.9 million.
8. "We Are Marshall," $8.6 million.
9. "The Holiday," $7 million.
10. "Happy Feet," $6.6 million
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Universal Pictures and Focus Features are owned by NBC Universal, a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Vivendi Universal; Sony Pictures, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; DreamWorks, Paramount and Paramount Vantage are divisions of Viacom Inc.; Disney's parent is The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is a division of The Walt Disney Co.; 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox Atomic are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros., New Line, Warner Independent and Picturehouse are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a consortium of Providence Equity Partners, Texas Pacific Group, Sony Corp., Comcast Corp., DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and Quadrangle Group; Lionsgate is owned by Lionsgate Entertainment Corp.; IFC Films is owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corp.


Updated : 2021-06-17 17:46 GMT+08:00