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Monday October 27, 2008 5:35 pm

Box Office Breakdown: High School Musical at the Top of the Class

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

This past week, the multiplexes had a little bit of something for everyone: politics, animals, music, dancing, thrillers, Oscar contenders and even horror. Not surprisingly, this meant a lot of dollars were shelled out in return.

As expected, the big screen debut of had tweeners (and their loving parents) all atwitter. Thanks to a $42 million debut, the G-rated film officially became the best musical opener of all time. (Mamma Mia! - with its $27.8 million - was the previous leader.)

Meanwhile, a film on the other end of the ratings spectrum was scaring up some decent dollars of its own. , which probably could have waited to premiere on Halloween, took in approximately $30 million over the last three days. Although it was pitted against the highly-anticipated Disney sequel, the movie carved out its own audience and raised first place-worthy numbers. Although the series is currently on its fifth life, the 2008 installment came within $4 million dollars of Saw III, the franchise’s best performer to date.

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Although it has not yet entered the Top Ten, this weekend’s best performer actually came in at #21. , starring Angelina Jolie, averaged over $32,000 in only 15 theaters. The Clint Eastwood film, which many say has Academy Award potential, opens in wide release next Friday.

  1. High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Disney, $42,030,184 (avg. $11,601)
  2. Saw V, Lionsgate, $30,053,954 (avg. $9822)
  3. Max Payne, 20th Century Fox, $7,791,649 (avg. $2305)
  4. Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Disney, $6,884,387 (avg. $2158)
  5. Pride and Glory, New Line, $6,262,396 (avg. $2423)
  6. The Secret Life of Bees, Fox Searchlight, $6,051,630 (avg. $3713)
  7. W., Lionsgate, $5,088,249 (avg. $2482)
  8. Eagle Eye, Dreamworks/Paramount, $5,051,952 (avg. $1975)
  9. Body of Lies, Warner Bros., $4,064,488 (avg. $1890)
  10. Quarantine, Sony, $2,581,262 (avg. $1159)

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

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