People also forget in 2005 we had a lot of successful comedies!
The 40 Year Old Virgin was very big! Considering Steve carell was not even a big name! Also it came out in the doldrums of July! It even outgrossed the Dukes Of Hazard reboot which sold on as a The dude from Jackass & Jessica Simpson
hell Wedding Crashers outgrossed the combined total of Dukes and Virgin! But it had great timing! And a funny premise! Vince Vaughn was a big seller at that time! Summer 2004 he had Dodgeball for example.
also Adam Sandler was still a big name, The Longest Yard remake almost came close to the domestic total of The Waterboy & Big Daddy!
the horror genre was also big in 2005! White Noise was the beginning of a new trend that we started to see at the first weekend of every year! It grossed over $50 million and then a few weeks later Hide & Seek was as equally successful then Boogeyman a week or so later broke the Super Bowl weekend record and was another hit for Sony and Ghost House!
The other horror winners in 2005 were: Saw II as it increased big from it’s predecessor! Then The Devil’s Rejects(yet another franchise increase) Following those two was The Exorcism Of Emily Rose as it grossed around $75 million or so! While The Ring Two dropped $50 million+ from it’s predecessor’s final domestic Total it’s opening weekend was quite strong!
2005 had probably at that time probably had one of the strongest years in the horror genre and the comedy genre as well! As with the horror genre, 4 films crossed the $50 million domestic total threshold!
Comedies you had three films that summer cross it, while in the beginning of the year you had a Romantic Comedy(Hitch) do quite well!
really the only main loser was:
Michael Bay’s first big bomb with The Island