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Monday November 12, 2007 10:39 pm

Box Office Breakdown: Fred Claus No Match for Jerry Seinfeld

Bee Movie

In a shocking turn of events, came buzzing back to life this weekend stealing the #1 spot from recent victor, Bee’s $25 million take also embarrassed the newest comedic entry, .

Although fellow ‘Frat Packer’ rang bells with November 2003’s Elf, couldn’t come close to matching his friend’s $31.1 million debut.  The news was especially surprising given Vaughn and director David Dobkin’s recent collaboration on 2005’s Wedding Crashers.  Could this mean Vaughn’s only appealing when he’s part of a larger comedic team?

Also noteworthy this weekend was the disappointing performance of Lions wasn’t expected to take in Mission Impossible-esque numbers, but the film did still boast , and actor/director .  As it was, the movie grossed less than any other Cruise-attached wide release in more than 20 years.  At least Streep can say this topical film debuted higher than her last attempt ().

, the only other new Top Ten entry, racked up ninth place.

1. Bee Movie, DreamWorks,$25,565,462
2. American Gangster, Universal, $24,028,445
3. Fred Claus, Warner Bros., $18,515,473
4. Lions for Lambs, MGM, $6,702,434
5. Dan in Real Life, Touchstone, $6,002,717
6. Saw IV, Lionsgate, $4,949,812
7. The Game Plan, Disney, $2,462,122
8. 30 Days of Night, Sony, $2,172,031
9. P2, Summit Entertainment, $2,083,398
10. Martian Child, New Line, $1,843,767



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