"Chicago" Remains in Third Place at Box Office for Holiday Weekend

News   "Chicago" Remains in Third Place at Box Office for Holiday Weekend For the second week in a row, the film of Kander and Ebb's "Chicago" was the third highest-grossing film of the weekend.

Variety reports that the Rob Marshall-directed movie, which opened wide Feb. 8, brought in $15.5 million at the box office over the long holiday weekend. It was bested only by the new Ben Affleck film, "Daredevil" ($42 million), and the Kate Hudson-Matthew McConaughey comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" ($21 million). Other films in the top 10 included "The Jungle Book 2," "Shanghai Knights," "The Recruit," "Final Destination," "Deliver Us From Eva," "Kangaroo Jack" and "About Schmidt."

Now playing 2,268 screens, the Miramax motion picture "Chicago" has grossed over $80 million to date. Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger and Richard Gere, "Chicago" debuted in the top-20 markets Dec. 27 and then opened at 300 other screens Jan. 3. The much-in-the-news film had another limited expansion Jan. 17 — for a total of 557 screens — and a further expansion Jan. 24. Last week, the film garnered 13 Academy Award nominations, the most of any motion picture this season.

The soundtrack of the film is available from Epic Records.

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Featuring a star-studded cast led by Zellweger (Roxie Hart), Zeta-Jones (Velma Kelly) and Gere (Billy Flynn), the "Chicago" company also includes John C. Reilly (Amos Hart), Dominic West (Fred Caseley), Christine Baranski (Mary Sunshine), Queen Latifah (Mama Morton) as well as Taye Diggs, Colm Feore, Lucy Liu, Mya, Marc Calamia, Deidre Goodwin, Sebastian La Cause, Mary Ann Lamb and a cameo from original Chicago star Chita Rivera. Marshall, the choreographer of Broadway's Kiss of the Spider Woman and the revivals of Damn Yankees, She Loves Me, Cabaret and Little Me, directed the $45 million film, his motion-picture debut. Bill Condon wrote the "Chicago" screenplay for Miramax Studios, and the film's cinematographer was Dion Beebe. The Tony-winning lighting team of Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer lit the film.

John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical, which features such songs as "All That Jazz," "Mister Cellophane," "Class" and "Nowadays," debuted on Broadway in June 1975 with choreography by the late Bob Fosse and a cast led by Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera and Jerry Orbach. The Tony-winning revival opened in November 1996 with Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Joel Grey and James Naughton in the lead roles. Featuring direction by Walter Bobbie and choreography by Reinking "in the style of Bob Fosse," the musical satire recently reopened at the Ambassador Theatre Jan. 29 after a lengthy run at the Shubert.