Christmas Day Family time and movie time

A few movies open on Dec. 25

A few movies open on Dec. 25

December 21, 2006|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

If ever there was a day for movie theater owners to sleep in, it might be Christmas Day.

"I know I'm not going to be making much business," said Bucks Baum, owner of California-based Exhibitor Relations Company Inc., which tracks ticket sales data. Baum also owns theaters in California.

"But by the afternoon, it's like an alarm goes off, and people are like, 'I'm tired of being around my family; let's go to the movies,'" Baum said.

Historically, Christmas Day hasn't been considered high time to see a blockbuster release. But for moviegoers, it might be the best time to see a good popcorn flick ("Night at the Museum," starring Ben Stiller, might fare well Christmas Day, though it opens Friday, Baum said) or an awards contender, as Hollywood studios make a final dash to release films by Dec. 31 to be considered for the upcoming Academy Awards.


According to ERC, none of the top 10 openers of all time were released in December, let alone Christmas Day. But the top grossing movie of all time opened less than a week before Christmas. "Titanic" opened Dec. 19, 1997; eventually, it grossed more than $600 million domestically.

Here's a sampling of what's opening in some theaters on Christmas Day: (Despite the Christmas release date, they might take longer to reach local theaters.)

· "Black Christmas" -Sorority members are harassed with menacing phone calls and begin to die during Christmas break in this remake of the 1974 horror film of the same name. It stars Katie Cassidy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert and Oliver Hudson. Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, sexuality, nudity and language.

· "Children of Men" - Stars Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine. The movie examines what might happen if all women were infertile. Rated R for strong violence, language, drug use and brief nudity.

· "Dreamgirls" - Jamie Foxx, Beyonc Knowles and Eddie Murphy star in this adaptation of the Broadway musical about an all-girl, doo-wop trio trying to make it big. Rated PG-13 for language, some sexuality and drug content.

Top 10 Christmas Day openers of all time

1. "Ali" (2001), $10.22 million

2. "Catch Me If You Can" (2002), $9.88 million

3. "Cheaper By the Dozen" (2003), $7.84 million

4. "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999), $6.5 million

5. "Stepmom" (1998), $5.9 million

6. "Fat Albert" (2004), $5.55 million

7. "Michael" (1996), $5.45 million

8. "Paycheck" (2003), $5.15 million

9. "Cold Mountain" (2003), $4.51 million

10. "The Faculty" (1998), $4.38 million

- Source: Exhibitor Relations Company Inc.

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