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Box Office Review: Surprise!

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Covering the weekend box office race can sometimes be a tedious job for the simple reason that there are rarely big surprises. Typically, a movie opens on a bunch of screens, makes a large portion of its money in its opening frame, then drops 50% in each successive weekend before finally disappearing from theaters. There are, however, occasional outliers who don't follow the normal pattern and make life much more interesting. Bee Movie is the newest member of that club.

After a solid opening weekend where it finished a reasonably close second to American Gangster, Bee Movie managed the rare feat of nudging out not only Gangster but this weekend's new openers. With a 26 million dollar weekend ($72.2M gross), Jerry Seinfeld's initial foray into animation seems poised to be a welcome hit for DreamWorks Animation. American Gangster also did well in its second weekend, pulling in $24.3M and now sitting on a robust $80.6M total.