Jim Carrey Carries Box Office with Snicket

Jim Carrey Carries Box Office with Snicket
"I was pretty Zen on this one," Carrey says of sitting in the makeup chair for Count Olaf. "I mean, after The Grinch, which was like CIA terrorist training, it's a cake walk."
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updated 12/20/2004 at 09:00 AM EST

originally published 12/20/2004 09:00AM

Despite some mixed reviews, Jim Carrey scored big with Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, which topped this weekend's pre-holiday weekend box office with $30.2 million.

Based on the first three children's books by Lemony Snicket – actually, author Daniel Handler – the fantasy film bumped the all-star Ocean's Twelve to second place, according to studio estimates.

Writer-director James Brooks's Spanglish, with Tea Leoni, Adam Sandler and Spanish actress Paz Vega, debuted in third place, while Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, in limited release (until Christmas Day), earned $831,124 with a per screen average of $20,778, reports the Associated Press.

By comparison, Lemony Snicket, in 3,620 theaters, averaged $8,343 per screen.

The weekend's Top 10, according to estimates, were as follows:

1. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, $30.2 million
2. Ocean's Twelve, $18.3 million
3. Spanglish, $9 million
4. The Polar Express, $8.6 million
5. Blade: Trinity, $6.6 million
6. National Treasure, $6.1 million
7. Christmas With the Kranks, $5.7 million
8. The Flight of the Phoenix, $5.1 million
9. Closer, $3.5 million
10. The Incredibles, $3.3 million

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