"I am Legend" dominated the box office this weekend earning $76.5 million and making it the largest December opening on record. It's also the biggest opening weekend of Will Smith's career.
Meanwhile, the Chipmunks came in at second clearing an astounding $45 million. This seems to show that audiences are starved for family entertainment this time of year. However, "Magic Compass" sales dropped 65% in the 10 days its been in theaters, suggesting that either the majority of people have already seen it, or the uber-Christian hate groups have been successful in shutting the film down because of its alleged atheistic themes.
However good "I am Legend" has been so far, Will Smith and company are going to have their hands full next weekend, when the Winter box office race REALLY heats up. Next weekend is the one weekend that the studios will be pulling out all the major flicks they hope to win the season with, which should make for some real entertainment for audiences.
Opening next week is the sappy romantic comedy, "P.S. I Love You," John C. Reily's parody of music biopics "Walk Hard: The Dewy Cox Story," the lame and utterly mindless Nick Cage flick "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," and the one that I personally think is going to take the number one spot: "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."
Needless to say, its going to be an interesting box office race.
Here's the tally for the weekend.
1 (new) I am Legend - $76,535,000
2 (new) Alvin and the Chipmunks - $45,000,000
3 (1) His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass - $9,025,000
4 (2) Enchanted - $6,004,000
5 (6) No Country for Old Men - $3,000,000
6 (new) The Perfect Holiday - $2,965,000
7 (4) Fred Claus - $2,305,000
8 (3) This Christmas - $2,300,000
9 (15) Atonement - $1,852,642
10 (7) August Rush - $1,785,000