Box office report
The Reese Witherspoon/Vince Vaughn holiday comedy “Four Christmases” topped the box office over the Thanksgiving weekend, opening at No. 1 with $31.7 million.
The Warner Bros. film, about a couple struggling to visit all four sets of their divorced parents in one, made $46.7 million since opening Wednesday.
According to the Associated Press, this year marked the second-biggest Thanksgiving ever for Hollywood. The top 12 movies took in $223.7 million from Wednesday to Sunday, coming in second only to the $232.2 million haul over Thanksgiving in 2000.
Summit Entertainment’s film version of Stephenie Meyer’s first vampire romance novel, “Twilight,” saw its box office take drop a whopping 62 percent from its huge opening the previous weekend. “Twilight” opened with $69.6 million the previous weekend, making Catherine Hardwicke’s film the biggest debut ever by a woman director.
In its second weekend, “Twilight” was in a tight competition for second place with Disney’s animated family film “Bolt,” the AP reports.
Based on Sunday’s estimates, “Bolt” made $26.6 million for its second weekend, compared to $26.4 million for “Twilight.”
“Twilight’ is still a phenomenon, but you can’t really maintain that level of intensity week after week,” Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers, told the AP.
“Twilight” raised its 10-day total to $119.7 million, while “Bolt” stretched its 10-day take to $66.9 million.
Hollywood typically has at least a few holiday-themed movies come out starting in November, but “Four Christmases” has little Christmasy competition this year.
“It was the perfect time. It’s the only movie out there that deals with Christmas,” Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros., told the AP.
The only potential competition comes Dec. 12 with the movie “Nothing Like the Holidays.”
Director Baz Luhrmann’s long-awaited epic “Australia,” the weekend’s other new wide release, opened at No. 5 with $14.8 million for the weekend and $20 million since debuting Wednesday. The World War II-period romance stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
Focus Features’ biopic ”Milk,” starrig Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to major political office in the U.S., got off to a strong start in limited release. It opened at No. 10 with $1.4 million in just 36 theaters.
Here is the top 10 list, from the AP:
1. “Four Christmases,” $31.7 million.
2. “Bolt,” $26.6 million.
3. “Twilight,” $26.4 million.
4. “Quantum of Solace,” $19.5 million.
5. “Australia,” $14.8 million.
6. “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” $14.5 million.
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