While "Glory Road" looked like a lock for the box-office crown this weekend, Little Red Riding Hood came from behind in overtime to score the top spot.
"Glory Road" was in the lead by Sunday, but at the end of the long holiday weekend, the revisionist fairy tale "Hoodwinked" took over the #1 spot with more than $16.6 million, according to early estimates.
The animated family flick picks up where the classic fairy tale left off, launching an investigation into the scuffle at Granny's house in which a little red-cloaked girl squares off with a big bad wolf. Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close and Anthony Anderson voice characters in the film.
Just behind "Hoodwinked" was "Glory Road," which debuted at #2 with more than $16.4 million. Josh Lucas stars in the flick, which tells the story of an underdog basketball team with an all African-American lineup that wins the 1966 NCAA title (see " 'Glory Road' Cast Learned History As Well As Hoops").
Queen Latifah's "Last Holiday" was the third new release to kick the box-office alums out of their former spots. In the film, Latifah's character, a soft-spoken sales clerk, is told she has just three weeks to live and decides to make the most of her time by embarking on a European vacation. LL Cool J plays Latifah's love interest in the flick (see "LL Cool J And Queen Latifah Finally Hook Up — In 'Last Holiday' "), which bowed at #3 with $15.7 million.
With the influx of new releases, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" was knocked from #2 to #4. The fantasy film, based on the classic C.S. Lewis novel, earned more than $12.2 million this weekend, and has racked up more than $263.4 million in its six weeks in theaters (see " 'The Chronicles Of Narnia': The Next Lit Hit?").
"Hostel," which bowed at #1 last week, dropped to #5 with more than $11.6 million. The twisted horror film, backed by Quentin Tarantino, centers on two college students who embark on a trip to Europe only to find themselves held captive in a cellar where prisoners are subject to gruesome torture (see " 'Hostel': Hey, Wouldn't It Be Sick If ...?").
The comedy remake "Fun With Dick and Jane," which stars Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni (see "Rewind: Fun With The Original 'Dick' And 'The Producers' "), fell from #4 to #6 with $10.3 million.
Rounding out this week's top 10 are "King Kong," which took a dive from #3 to #7 with more than $9.2 million; "Tristan & Isolde" which debuted at #8 with more than $7.8 million; "Brokeback Mountain," which slipped from #8 to #9 with more than $7 million; and "Cheaper by the Dozen 2," which tumbled from #5 to #10 with more than $6.7 million.
Overall, ticket sales were down from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for "Underworld: Evolution," "Match Point" and "The Matador" to debut on the box-office top 10.
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