CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY tops North American box office for a second weekend!

Tim Burton’s dazzling re-imagining of Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, starring Johnny Depp as reclusive candymaker Willy Wonka, continued its reign atop the North American box office for a second weekend. Box office estimates show the film earning another $28.3 million between Friday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 24th, bringing its total earnings to $114.1 million in just ten days. The R-rated comedy WEDDING CRASHERS, last week’s #2 film, continued to hold the second spot with $26.2 million, raising its 10-day total to $80.9 million. FANTASTIC FOUR finished third for the weekend with $12.3 million, boosting its total to $122.6 million. New films THE ISLAND and THE BAD NEWS BEARS opened weakly, in fourth and fifth place, with totals of $12.1 million and $11.5 million respectively.

Dan Fellman, president of distribution at Warner Bros., told the press that CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is “on track to hit $200 million” at the North American box office. Wow! You can read Reuter’s box office report HERE. Thanks to sleepy for posting the box office estimates and Reemi for followup stories.