News for Dec. 18, 2005

'Kong' Crushes Competition

12/18/05, 10:31 am EST - Xoanon

December 18, 2005 -- The gargantuan $207 million "King Kong" has climbed its way to the top of the box office. Director Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic took in an estimated $14.2 million in 3,568 theaters in the United States and Canada Friday. That's well ahead of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which pulled in $8.9 million in 3,680 theaters. "Kong" opened Wednesday at $9.7 million ranking it 21st on the all-time Wednesday opening list, despite heavy promotion and positive reviews. [More]