The long-awaited film of the Tony-winning musical of the same name brought in $5 million over the past weekend. To date, the Joel Schumacher-directed movie musical has earned $34 million in the U.S. The movie stars Gerard Butler in the title role with Emmy Rossum as Christine and Patrick Wilson as Raoul. "Phantom" had previously hovered at the number nine and ten positions on the weekly list of movie grosses.
As of Jan. 19, the movie had grossed $28 million domestically and $43 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $71 million. Its production costs are reported to be $70 million, mostly shouldered by Lloyd Webber's production company, Really Useful.
This week's top-ten list also includes "Are We There Yet?," "Coach Carter," "Meet the Fockers," "In Good Company," "Racing Stripes," "Assault on Precinct 13," "White Noise," "The Aviator" and "Elektra."