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'Fantastic Four' Surfs to No. 1 Spot at Box Office

Sunday, 17 June 2007 12:00 AM

LOS ANGELES -- "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" caught the nationwide wave of moviegoers to the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates.

The sequel to the "Fantastic Four" outperformed its predecessor, bringing in $57.4 million for its distributor, 20th Century Fox, said Chris Aronson, senior vice president of distribution for Fox.

In July 2005, in its first three days, "Fantastic Four" grossed $56 million for 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp..

"We did fantastically, pun intended," Aronson said. "The silver lining is that it outperformed the first one. It worked from Fairbanks to Fort Lauderdale and everywhere in between. It worked in big cities. It worked in small towns."

Fairbanks is in Alaska and Fort Lauderdale is in southeast Florida, spanning most of the North American market where the movie was shown on 3,959 screens that averaged $15,000 per location, Aronson said.

Dropping from the top spot to No. 2, with an estimated three-day gross of $19.1 million, was "Ocean's Thirteen," released by Time Warner Inc. unit Warner Bros. Pictures. The third film in the series teaming George Clooney and company with director Steven Soderbergh has a 10-day gross of about $69.8 million, said Dan Fellman, head of domestic distribution for Warner Bros.

The surprise of the weekend may be that Universal Pictures' comedy "Knocked Up" remained a strong No. 3 in this third week of distribution by the General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal unit.

"Knocked Up" will take in an estimated $14.5 million Friday-to-Sunday and has so far grossed $90.5 million, according to Paul Dergarabedian of Media by Numbers.

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