The Nativity Story

Covering the 2006 movie "The Nativity Story," about the story of Mary and Joseph
and their journey together as they bring the Messiah into the world.

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

"Nativity" debuts at 4th opening weekend

Dancing penguin beats up 007 at the box office
POSTED: 5:18 p.m. EST, December 3, 2006

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A dancing penguin and the world's deadliest spy have settled in for a long stay at the top of the box office. [...]

A weak crop of newcomers were unable to bump off the holdovers. Despite the holiday season, movie-goers generally were not in the mood for New Line's "The Nativity Story," a tale of Christ's humble birth that debuted modestly with $8 million to come at No. 4.

Starring Keisha Castle-Hughes as the Virgin Mary, "The Nativity Story" received mixed reviews, with many critics finding it a skillfully crafted but tame and unimaginative retelling of the first Christmas.

Snow in the Midwest kept many movie-goers at home, undermining the film's opening, said David Tuckerman, New Line's head of distribution.

"The storms in the middle of the country couldn't have hurt us more," Tuckerman said. "It's a movie made for the heartland, and it killed us in the heartland."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friends and I saw the movie in Florida today. It was great!! Despite what you hear by dysfunctional, off-the-board critics, our theatre had a full house at 5:00 and we clapped at the end. By the way, $8 Million in 3rd place is excellent for a weekend. Mr. Tuckerman cheer up. And I'd suggest you be careful who you listen to and you'll be just fine. On behalf of myself, my family, the movie audience tonight, we thank you and everyone involved in this production. It tells the story nicely. Have an awesome Merry Christmas!!! We are.

Eunice, Florida

Monday, December 04, 2006 12:27:00 AM  

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