Brandon Gray

With the five new wide releases for the weekend (“A Walk to Remember,” “The Mothman Prophecies,” “The Count of Monte Cristo,” “I Am Sam” and “Kung Pow”) posting solid numbers on Friday and three strong holdovers (“Black Hawk Down,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “Snow Dogs”), “The Lord of the Rings” was pushed down to 9th place, according to estimates. The epic adventure shed 563 theaters for a total of 2,703 and pulled in an estimated $1.98 million.

“Rings” gross points to a sixth weekend of around $8 million, which will likely put it at 8th place for the weekend (ahead of “Kung Pow” and possibly “I Am Sam”).

After 38 days, “Rings” has earned $252.63 million to rank No. 17 on the all time list and No. 90 on the inflation-adjusted chart.

Weekend studio estimates will be issued Sunday, followed by the actual weekend tallies on Monday evening. [More]