The all-star comedy Meet the Fockers retained its box-office dominance for the third straight weekend, taking in $28.5 million despite the arrival of the new, critically clobbered fright flick with Michael Keaton, White Noise.
Since its Dec. 22 premiere, Fockers – starring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand – has taken in an estimated $204.3 million, surpassing the $166.2 million total of its 2002 predecessor, Meet the Parents.
Meanwhile, films widening their release and demonstrating their box-office potency included Clint Eastwood's critically embraced Million Dollar Baby and Hotel Rwanda, featuring Don Cheadle as a real-life hotel manager who sheltered refugees during the 1990s genocide in the African nation.
Martin Scorsese's epic bio of Howard Hughes, The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio is holding steady in the third spot.
The Top 10 movies for the weekend, according to studio estimates, were as follows:
1. Meet the Fockers, $28.5 million 2. White Noise, $24 million 3. The Aviator, $7.6 million 4. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, $7.4 million 5. Fat Albert, $6 million 6. Ocean's Twelve, $5.4 million 7. National Treasure, $4.5 million 8. Spanglish, $4.4 million 9. The Phantom of the Opera, $3.4 million 10. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, $2.7 million