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2006-01-02 15:45:00

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES -- The family fantasy "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" returned to the top of the North American box office during the New Year holiday weekend, ending the two-week reign of "King Kong," according to studio estimates issued on Monday. "Narnia" sold about $32.8 million worth of tickets in the four days beginning Friday, followed by "King Kong" with $31.6 million and the Jim Carrey comedy remake "Fun with Dick & Jane" with $21...

2005-12-29 21:00:12

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - King Kong may be a far-fetched creation of Hollywood but scientists say the big ape has some basis in biological fact: animals on islands often evolve into gigantic versions of their mainland kin. "There is a whole body of research on islands which suggests gigantism occurs on them but of course nothing on the scale of King Kong," said Sue Lieberman, an evolutionary biologist and director of the global species programme for WWF International....

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2005-12-26 14:10:00

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES -- "King Kong" reigned at the North American box office for a second weekend on Monday, leading a busy field of Christmas newcomers and expansions even as overall ticket sales fell. Director Peter Jackson's big ape remake sold an estimated $31.4 million worth of tickets in the four days beginning Friday, taking its total to a modest $118.7 million after 12 days. Because of the holiday season, movie industry observers are still not certain how to classify the...

2005-12-21 19:45:00

"King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon, from Fay Wray to Peter Jackson," by Ray Morton By Gregory McNamee LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - King Kong, late of Skull Island, was big and hairy. He had an eye for the ladies. He didn't like flashbulbs. He didn't like planes. He was not a fan of New York. Antisocial though he may have been, after his unveiling in 1933, Kong quickly took his place as moviedom's archetypal great ape. And, though it seems unlikely given how many scary monsters...

2005-12-18 15:05:00

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES -- Director Peter Jackson's costly remake of "King Kong," one of the most hyped movies of the year, started off with more of a whimper than a roar at the North American box office, according to sales data issued on Sunday by its distributor Universal Pictures. The special-effects behemoth sold $66.2 million worth of tickets in its first five days since opening on Wednesday. For the three days beginning Friday, its sales were $50.1 million, enough to propel it to...

2005-12-18 13:13:45

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "King Kong," one of the most expensive and hyped movies of the year, sold a relatively modest $66.2 million worth of tickets in its first five days of release across North America, according to estimates issued on Sunday by its distributor Universal Pictures. The studio said it was thrilled with the opening of director Peter Jackson's action-adventure given its running time of more than three hours, but some rivals said they had expected the movie to open...

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2005-12-16 02:05:00

By Gail Schiller LOS ANGELES -- The critics aren't the only ones raving about Peter Jackson's "King Kong." For the film's promotional partners, the movie represents a rare opportunity to have a director of Jackson's caliber creatively involved in their programs, for which they've awarded him their own thumbs up. Universal Pictures co-president of marketing Eddie Egan said Jackson had "input and involvement on every aspect of the many global partnership campaigns in support of 'King Kong,'...

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2005-12-15 20:45:00

By Nicole Sperling LOS ANGELES -- "King Kong," the self-proclaimed eighth wonder of the world, burst into theaters this week, but the somewhat muted numbers did not reflect the scope of director Peter Jackson's latest masterpiece. Still, they should catapult the film to a solid five-day opening. The PG-13 action-adventure movie from Universal Pictures opened Wednesday in 3,568 theaters across the United States and Canada and grossed $9.8 million. The film is unlikely to set records this...

2005-12-15 18:20:00

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Big budget epic "King Kong" generated nearly $18 million in its Wednesday debut at global box offices, but U.S. and Canadian ticket sales fell below the expectations held by some industry watchers. Executives at Universal Studios, distributor of the roughly $200 million movie, played down opening day domestic ticket sales of $9.8 million on Thursday, saying they expected business to pick up this weekend and throughout the holidays. Box office...

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2005-12-14 05:40:00

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES -- He's already 25 feet tall and 8,000 pounds, but if Universal Pictures has its way, great ape King Kong is only going to get bigger. The movie studio on Tuesday said its gargantuan film "King Kong" will play in 3,568 U.S. and Canadian theaters and another 6,000-plus venues in 55 regions around the world when it hits screens just after midnight on December 14. While that's not a record -- several films have seen wider debuts and "Shrek 2" holds the record at...