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    'Prestige' pulls off trick at Friday's boxoffice
    October 21, 2006
    By Gregg Kilday
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Magic trumped the battlefield at the national boxoffice Friday as Buena Vista's "The Prestige" took the top spot for the day, while Paramount Pictures' "Flags of Our Fathers" entered the list in the third position.

    "The Prestige," Christopher Nolan's period tale of dueling magicians, starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale and playing in 2,281 theaters, conjured up an estimated $5.05 million for the day, according to the boxoffice tracking site

    Clint Eastwood's "Flags of our Fathers," which revisits the battle of Iwo Jima, took in an estimated $3.48 million in the 1,876 theaters in which it debuted.

    Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese's cops-and-mobsters thriller "The Departed," which was No. 2 at last weekend's boxoffice, hung onto the second spot with an estimated $4.25 million.

    This weekend's other new wide release, "Flicka," "20th Century Fox's family film about a girl and her horse, claimed the fifth spot with an estimated $2.55 million.

    Bowing in 859 theaters, Sony Pictures' costume drama "Marie Antoinette," directed by Sofia Coppola, ranked eighth with an estimated haul of $1.88 million. However, its per-theater average of $2,183 rivaled the per-theater average of $2,214 that "The Pretige" notched.

    On a per-theater basis, though, the 3-D rerelease of "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" did even better. Playing in 168 theaters, it scored $7,292 per screen, which resulted in a daily total of an estimated $1.23 million, which earned it a ninth place slot for the day.

    Sony's horror pic "The Grudge 2," which dominated last weekend's boxoffice, slipped to fourth place as it took in an estimated $2.7 million for the day.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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