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Box Office Review: America is still Enchanted

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Enchanted joined the small circle of films that have topped the box office over consecutive weekends this year. It brought in 17 million dollars, raising its cume to a healthy $70.6M. This Christmas was second to Enchanted once again. It made an extra $8.4M and--considering its meager $13M budget--is now a bona fide hit with a gross of $36.9M. Beowulf was third in its third week, adding $7.9M to its $68.6M worth of treasure. The weekend's only wide opener, Awake, finished a weak fourth with $6M, further eroding Jessica Alba's career.

Holdovers, obviously, reigned after that: Hitman ($5.8M/$30.2M), Fred Claus ($5.5M/$59.8M), August Rush ($5.1M/$20.3M), the great No Country for Old Men ($4.5M/$23M), Bee Movie ($4.5M/$117.6M) and American Gangster ($4.3M/$121.7M). The two prestige films opening in limited release this weekend were both big winners. The Savages opened to a per-theater average of $38,250 while The Diving Bell and the Butterfly averaged $25,100. The season's first blockbuster, The Golden Compass arrives this Friday.

Photo courtesy of Disney