Meet the Fockers Breaks New Year Records
Ben Stiller and his nutty screen family top Cast Away and The Return of the King
There’s no stopping Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman. Their dysfunctional comedy Meet the Fockers was No. 1 at the box office for the second straight week and shattered records for the biggest gross on New Year’s Eve, with $12.2 million, and on New Year’s Day, with $18 million, according to studio estimates.
This beat the previous New Year’s Eve record of $8.5 million set in 2000 by Cast Away. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King had held the New Year’s Day mark with $12.8 million, reports the Associated Press.
In its first 12 days, the movie, which drew a lukewarm response from the critics, has grossed more than $163 million, according to studio estimates.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, with Jim Carrey, finished second, and Martin Scorsese’s epic Howard Hughes biography, The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, came in third – though more newsworthy is that the Disney-Pixar The Incredibles passed the $250-million mark Saturday and became the fourth-highest grossing film of 2004.
The top three were Shrek 2 ($441 million), Spider-Man 2 ($373 million) and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ ($370 million).
Unofficial figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations showed overall revenue for 2004 was some $9.4 billion, an increase of 1.4 percent over 2003’s $9.27 billion.
The weekend’s Top 10, according to studio estimates, were as follows:
1. Meet the Fockers, $42.8 million
2. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, $14.7 million
3. The Aviator, $11.2 million
4. Fat Albert, $10.7 million
5. Ocean’s Twelve, $9.2 million
6. National Treasure, $7 million
7. Spanglish, $6.3 million
8. The Polar Express, $5.7 million
9. The Phantom of the Opera, $4.8 million
10. Darkness, $4.5 million