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Monday October 6, 2008 6:36 pm

Box Office Breakdown: Beverly Hills Chihuahua is Weekend’s Top Dog

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

On a weekend with seven new wide releases, it was that emerged as Best in Show. The film, one of the few family-oriented titles currently being offered, earned nearly $30 million over the past three days. That amount was enough to easily surpass Eagle Eye, last week’s #1. The talking-dogs feature also gave Disney its best October opening thus far.

Of the other new entries in the Top Ten, one was religion-centric while the other had political overtones. (Could this be an election year?) Coming in at #10 was , the documentary from Bill Maher. Although the movie was only offered in limited release, it pulled in $6,792 per theater. That was the second highest average amongst the chart toppers. Meanwhile, An American Carol, a right-wing satirical comedy, found itself in 9th place.

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Variety

  1. Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Disney, $29,300,465 (avg. $9114)
  2. Eagle Eye, Dreamworks/Paramount, $17,709,817 (avg. $5037)
  3. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Sony, $11,311,75 (avg. $4672)
  4. Nights in Rodanthe, Warner Bros., $7,368,259 (avg. $2727)
  5. Appaloosa, Warner Bros., $5,050,310 (avg. $4833)
  6. Lakeview Terrace, Sony, $4,561,227 (avg. $1772)
  7. Burn After Reading, Focus Features, $4,120,129 (avg. $1719)
  8. Fireproof, Samuel Goldwyn Films, $3,987,509 (avg. $4680)
  9. An American Carol, Vivendi, $3,656,00o (avg. $2231)
  10. Religulous, Lionsgate, $3,409,643 (avg. $6792)

(You can review last week’s numbers here.)

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