January 18, 2005
Coach Carter Victorious over MLK Weekend
Audiences celebrated this Martin Luther King weekend by watching the sports drama Coach Carter starring Samuel L. Jackson. Coach Carter marks the movie debut of popular R&B singer Ashanti. The film grossed an uplifting $29.2M for the four day holiday weekend, putting an end to Meet the Fockers three week reign. This is a personal best for the versatile Jackson in movies where he receives top billing. His previous best was 2000's Shaft, which opened with $21M. Coach Carter is the second best MLK weekend opener ever behind Along Came Polly?s $32.5M and ahead of Save the Last Dance?s $27.5M.
December 27, 2004
BOX OFFICE: Christmas Crowd Meet the Fockers
With no "Lord of the Rings" movies to contend with this Christmas weekend, "Meet the Fockers," which opened last Wednesday, became the best Christmas weekend opener ever at $44.7M. The previous best was 2002's "Catch Me If You Can" at $30M.