News for Dec. 19, 2005

`Kong' is box-office king with $50.1 million debut

12/19/05, 8:21 pm EST - Xoanon

"King Kong" was not the 900-pound box-office gorilla Hollywood expected over opening weekend, debuting with a merely respectable $50.1 million and leaving the studio pinning its hopes on the film's potential for long-term staying power. In its first five days since premiering Wednesday, Peter Jackson's remake of the great-ape adventure took in $66.2 million. Some box-office analysts had predicted "King Kong" would gross at least $60 million over opening weekend and as much as $100 million in its first five days. [More]