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Box Office Breakdown: Atonement Joins Juno in Top Ten

Atonement

When the final numbers were tallied on Monday, something exciting happened at the top of the charts.  After a very close race, surpassed for the second place finish.  ( was tops for its third week in a row.)  Already in its fifth week, the comedic charmer continued its steady climb up the box office ladder.  After gaining five spots last week, Juno rose another two spots this weekend.  (A wider release contributed to this feat.)  If the movie continues at its current pace, it is expected to be the most successful film from Sideways grossed $71.5 million while last year’s darling, , earned $59.9 million.

Meanwhile, another praised film is slowly making an ascent in its fifth week.  , starring ribby and (the man who has replaced ), made its first entry into the Top Ten.  Although the -nominated drama is only being seen in about 1/6 of the theaters Treasure is in, Atonement had a per screen average of $8687.  In comparison, the film only had a $5332 median.

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Box Office Breakdown: Juno Makes An Impressive Surge

Juno

Come Wednesday morning, the box office chart saw very few changes at the top.  That’s not to say the five-day holiday weekend didn’t have any notable moments at all:

  • Strong word of mouth helped boost last week’s #10, , up five whole spaces.  The movie - already in it’s 4th week - continues to soar despite its fairly limited release.  It’s $15,788 per screen average even topped $14,232.
  • Golden Globes buzz also contributed to the success of seven-time nominee .  Although it only placed 14th overall, the romantic weeper scored a $15,764 average.
  • outmuscled last week’s #2, .  The family-friendly flick traded spots with the blockbuster thanks to its $2.5 million edge.
  • narrowly missed a place in the Top Ten despite its connection to both and .  You heard it right - the talk show host’s touch does not always mean gold.
  • followed up its disappointing debut with another out of tune performance.  The musical satire plummeted five spots all the way down to #13.

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In Theaters This Holiday Weekend (12/25)

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Getting Deep With ‘The Water Horse’

The Water HorseSure, I’ll admit it. I saw the trailers for and turned my nose straight up into the air. Like I really have the time to watch an entire movie with people acting to the air, as the star of the flick is nothing more than CGI and legend. Promoted far less than other big holiday blockbusters (I’m surprised I even caught the trailers, in-between scenes of a desperate running around in his flick), The Water Horse offers a fantastical alternative to family-friendly movies that deal exclusively in holiday laughs.

The low-key British flick is actually a period piece - set primarily during the WWII era - and told in flashback. Here’s how it goes: young boy wandering around the beach finds a strange egg and quite naturally takes it right home with him. (Every time I’ve ever found an odd, unidentified object which will no doubt hatch an unfamiliar creature, I’m itching to take it to my place of residence.) Anyway, the egg hatches to reveal, of course, .

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