Whether you spent Christmas Day with loved ones and presents underneath a tree or with Chinese food, chances are that at some point, you took in a movie. With a handful of films opening on Christmas Day to compete with ones that had opened the week or so before, it was another robust Christmas at the box office. With last week’s opening of Anchorman 2, it would be interesting to see if the film could continue to flourish with newer movies being released. Actually, the $8.1 million it brought in on Christmas is equal with what it made on it’s opening day. Having made $56 million in eight days, it seems on track to outperform the $85 million the original made, though it should be noted that Talladega Nights made $47 million in it’s opening weekend alone on the way to a $148 million gross.
Elsewhere, the Ben Stiller-starring and directed adaptation of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty had a solid debut, raking in a solid $7.8 million on it’s first day. While the film, which also features Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott and Patton Oswalt in supporting roles, is getting lukewarm ratings, the daydream film is getting some Forrest Gump comparisons, which may fuel box office in the coming days. Another newcomer, Grudge Match had a $3.9 million bow. The Sylvester Stallone/Robert De Niro boxing comedy also features Kevin Hart as a fight promoter, but the star power wasn’t enough to motivate too many people out to see it in it’s first day. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas rounded out the top ten, making $3 million for a total gross of $34 million. It should be noted that Perry’s most popular Madea movie, 2009’s Madea Goes to Jail, made more in it’s opening weekend ($41 million) than the new movie’s made in 13 days.
[via Box Office Mojo]