After trading places all week long, King Kong edged out The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the top position in the four-day Christmas-weekend box office, the Associated Press reported.
A Sunday-night surge gave King Kong what it needed to regain first place in the Friday-through-Monday period, with $31.4 million, surpassing Chronicles of Narnia’s estimated $30.1 million, the wire service reported.
Kong, which cost $207 million to make, has taken in a modest total of $118.7 million after 12 days. Narnia’s 17-day take was $163.5 million.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, now in its sixth week of release, rounded out the top 10 with a four-day tally of $5.7 million. Its North America box-office take is now $262.4 million.