"Meet the Fockers" — with Streisand — is Tops at Box Office; "Phantom" Rounds Out Top Ten

News   "Meet the Fockers" — with Streisand — is Tops at Box Office; "Phantom" Rounds Out Top Ten
 
Two films of interest to theatre fans were among the top-grossing films of the Christmas Day weekend.

"Meet the Fockers," the sequel to the hit 2000 film "Meet the Parents," was the highest-grossing film of the holiday weekend, bringing in $44.7 million, according to the New York Post. The film, directed by Jay Roach, features former Funny Girl Barbra Streisand as Roz Focker with Dustin Hoffman (Bernie Focker), Ben Stiller (Greg Focker), Robert De Niro (Jack Byrnes), Blythe Danner (Dina Byrnes) and Teri Polo (Pam Byrnes). The long-awaited film of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" brought in $4.2 million over the Christmas weekend, earning the film the number-ten spot. To date, the Joel Schumacher-directed movie musical has earned $6.5 million in the U.S. "Phantom" is currently in limited release; it will open nationwide Jan. 21, 2005. The movie stars Gerard Butler in the title role with Emmy Rossum as Christine and Patrick Wilson as Raoul.

The top-ten list also includes "Fat Albert," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," "The Aviator," "Ocean's Twelve," "Darkness," "The Polar Express," "Spanglish" and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou."

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