Charlize Theron Kicks Butt, But She Can’t Kick ‘Harry Potter’ Out Of #1

Boy wizard is the box-office champion for a third week.

Not even Charlize Theron in a cat suit could knock the bespectacled boy wizard from his throne.

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” spent its third-consecutive week at #1 with more than $20.4 million in ticket sales, according to early estimates. With over $229.8 million in total earnings, the fourth installment of the “Harry Potter” series has earned $100 million more than any other film that currently holds a spot in the box-office top 10 (see “No More Child’s Play” ).

“Aeon Flux,” starring Charlize Theron and based on the futuristic MTV animated series, bowed at #2 with $13.1 million. Set in the 25th century — when most of the earth’s population has been wiped out by a virus, with the exception of protected city-state run by a group of scientists — the film follows Aeon (Theron), a member of a rebel group dispatched to kill a government leader (see “Charlize Theron: Gimme Danger” ).

The woman in black knocked the man in black down from the #2 to the #3 spot this week. “Walk the Line,” starring Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter, earned $10 million in its third week in theaters (see “Johnny Cash Was ’Thrilled’ Joaquin Phoenix Would Play Him, ’Line’ Director Says” ).

Family-friendly comedy “Yours, Mine and Ours,” also dropped a spot, slipping from #3 to #4. The film, starring Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid as a widow and widower who marry and form a family with 18 children, earned $8.4 million.

“Just Friends” and “Pride & Prejudice” each made a rare move this week, climbing one spot on the box-office top 10. The former — which stars Ryan Reynolds as a ruthless music executive who hopes to win the heart of a girl who wanted to be “just friends” when they were in high school (and he was significantly overweight) — landed at #5 with $5.6 million (see ” ’Just Friends’ Cast Says High School Was Hell, Reliving It Was Heaven” ). The latter — based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name and starring Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen — came in at #6 with more than $4.6 million.

Rounding out this week’s top 10 are “Rent,” which drops from #5 to #7 with $4.6 million; “Chicken Little,” which tumbles from #4 to #8 with more than $4.5 million; “Derailed,” which slips from #8 to #9 with more than $2.4 million; and “In the Mix,” which slips from #9 to #10 with $1.9 million.

Overall, ticket sales were down from the corresponding weekend last year.

Next week, look for “Brokeback Mountain,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” to debut on the box-office top 10.

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