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Monday December 1, 2008 7:41 pm

Box Office Breakdown: Number One for Four Christmases

Four Christmases

Theatergoers still recovering from Thanksgiving had no problem getting into the Christmas spirit this last weekend.

Despite horrible reviews, - a holiday feature starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn - managed to pull in over $31 million over the past three days. (The comedy’s five-day total was $46 million.) That was enough to tame some hungry vampires and give Reese her best opening since Sweet Home Alabama. (The 2002 film had a $35.6 million debut.)

But even with Witherspoon and Vaughn’s combined wattage, Christmases still wasn’t the brightest spot on the box office tree. This weekend’s top performer was actually a political drama with a very limited release. Although it was only seen in 35 theaters, , starring Sean Penn and James Franco, found itself sitting in 10th place. The Gus Van Sant film also averaged $40,385 per theater…nearly $31,000 more than the laugher did per screen.

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  1. Four Christmases, Warner Bros., $31,069,826 (avg. $9387)
  2. Bolt, Disney, $26,581,002 (avg. $7274)
  3. Twilight, Summit Entertainment, $26,344,032 (avg. $7692)
  4. Quantum of Solace, Sony/MGM, $18,833,552 (avg. $5379)
  5. Australia, 20th Century Fox, $14,800,723 (avg. $5602)
  6. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Dreamworks/Paramount, $14,207,329 (avg. $3831)
  7. Transporter 3, Lionsgate, $12,063,452 (avg. $4594)
  8. Role Models, Universal, $5,191,180 (avg. $2365)
  9. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Miramax, $1,696,187 (avg. $2914)
  10. Milk, Focus Features, $1,453,844 (avg. $40,385)

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



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