Disney prevails in photo finish- LA Daily News- 1/18/06
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was a No. 1 weekend for The Walt Disney Co. after all.
Final box office figures released Tuesday revealed that Disney's basketball drama "Glory Road" earned more during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend than The Weinstein Co. animated film "Hoodwinked," which had initially been reported as the top movie in the marketplace.
"Glory" took in $16.92 million over the four days, with Monday ticket sales coming in higher than Disney had estimated. Only $48,187 separated the top two films.
"No. 1 is one of the mantles that you strive for; you always think of it," said Disney's distribution head, Chuck Viane. "It's nice to have bragging rights and even more important when filmmakers work so hard. The word of mouth seems to be spreading so quickly that we saw a nice surge in attendance."
"Hoodwinked" took in $16.87 million over the weekend, more than most box office prognosticators had expected but ultimately not enough to achieve No. 1 status.
"The number that came in so far exceeded everyone's expectations that I wouldn't care if we were in 10th place," said Gary Faber, executive vice president of marketing for The Weinstein Co. "It was just truly a surprise for everyone and playing for both kids and parents." Had "Hoodwinked" been able to keep the top spot, it would have represented a significant win for brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who severed ties last year with Miramax Films, the studio that they founded and Disney bought. The Weinsteins left the Disney fold after numerous battles over the size of budget for their films.