"King Kong" is the weekend leader at the box office. But the Peter Jackson movie about a giant ape made less than expected.
The film brought in just over 50 million dollars on its first weekend. That's solid, but unremarkable.
Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia" is second after a 31 million-dollar haul. Studio estimates show the film has made 112 million dollars over 10 days.
Finishing third is the comedy-drama "The Family Stone," which made just under 13 million dollars on its debut weekend.
The cowboys-in-love drama "Brokeback Mountain" broke into the top ten, playing in just 69 theaters. The film led the Golden Globes with seven nominations.