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Monday October 13, 2008 5:11 pm

Box Office Breakdown: Chihuahua Refuses to Kneel Down

Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio in Body of Lies

Put a couple of Oscar-nominees in a Middle East-based film and what do you get? Answer: Third place.

Despite the star-wattage in Ridley Scott’s new CIA movie, failed to meet expectations this weekend. The Russell Crowe/Leonardo DiCaprio thriller pulled in a surprising $12.9 million for Warner Bros. That turnout is especially low given the film’s reported $100 million budget.

On the flip side, an entry with a relatively small price tag did better than Lies this week. , Sony Screen Gem’s horror contribution, earned $14.2 million and a second place finish. In just three days, the film has already surpassed its $12 million production costs.

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Earning this week’s Best Per Screen Average award was Guy Ritchie’s . The Warner Bros. title - starring Gerard Butler and Tom Wilkinson - averaged $20,672 over only 7 theaters. Meanwhile, Miramax’s Happy-Go-Lucky took averaged $18,467 in only 4 locations.

  1. Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Disney, $17,502,077 (avg. $5439)
  2. Quarantine, Sony, $14,211,321 (avg. $5775)
  3. Body of Lies, Warner Bros., $12,884,416 (avg. $4754)
  4. Eagle Eye, Dreamworks/Paramount, $10,913,762 (avg. $3020)
  5. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Sony, $6,420,474 (avg. $2652)
  6. The Express, Universal, $4,562,675 (avg. $1625)
  7. Nights in Rodanthe, Warner Bros., $4,541,201 (avg. $1764)
  8. Appaloosa, Warner Bros., $3,321,389 (avg. $2575)
  9. The Duchess, Paramount Vantage, $3,304,841 (avg. $2738)
  10. Fireproof, Samuel Goldwyn Films, $3,140,997 (avg. $3590)

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

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