`Quantum of Solace` down to #6 in North America
The science fiction thriller "The Day the Earth Stood Still" swept the North American box office on its debut weekend, preliminary industry figures showed Sunday, reports AFP
. The Fox re-make of a 1951 cult classic stars Keanu Reeves as an alien that comes to earth. The movie took in 31 million dollars over the weekend, the ticket sales tracking company Exhibitor Relations reported.
Second was the comedy "Four Christmases," starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn who play a couple struggling to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas. The Warner Bros. movie raked in 13.3 million dollars over the weekend, for a haul of 88 million since it opened three weeks ago, Exhibitor Relations said.
Teen vampire movie "Twilight" made its way to third place, pulling in eight million dollars, for a haul of 150 million since it opened four weeks ago.
Fourth was Disney's animated "Bolt," also out for a month, which barked up 7.5 million dollars over the weekend and 89 million since it opened.
"Australia," the epic period romance featuring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, took fifth place with 4.2 million dollars, bringing its total box office sales to just under 38 million dollars since it opened three weeks ago.
The James Bond thriller "Quantum of Solace" finished sixth, earning 3.8 million dollars over the weekend and 157.6 million dollars since it opened five weeks ago.
In its opening weekend and debuting in seventh place was "Nothing like the Holidays," a holiday comedy with a cast that includes Debra Messing and John Leguizamo, which pulled in 3.5 million.
Next was "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," which amassed in 3.2 million dollars over the weekend and has earned 170 million dollars in ticket sales for Paramount since the animated feature made its debut six weeks ago.
In ninth place was "Milk," the drama about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California who was a member of the San Francisco board of supervisors and was shot dead in 1978 along with the city mayor. The film, starring Sean Penn, took in 2.6 million dollars.
Rounding off the list at number 10 was the third installment of Lionsgate's action-adventure franchise "Transporter 3," starring Jason Statham. The movie pulled in 2.25 million dollars over the weekend in its third week on the big screen, for a haul of 29.3 million dollars.
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