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By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two major film groups picked nominees for best productions and screenplays of 2005, including early Oscar favorite "Brokeback Mountain," as the race for Hollywood awards entered a new phase on Wednesday.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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 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.
"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.
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.
- Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
- Of grand or imposing sound.