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Box Office Review: America loves Marley!

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In a bit of a surprise, Marley & Me peed and barked its way to the top of the weekend box-office chart ($37M). It easily topped early favorite Bedtime Stories ($28M) and critical darling The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($27M). Mediocre reviews didn't damage Valkyrie too badly ($21.5M) nor did the fact that star Tom Cruise is, in fact, crazy. Last week's winner, Yes Man had a decent weekend ($16.4M/$49.5M) as did runner-up Seven Pounds ($13.4M/$39M).

The Tale of Despereaux ($9.3M/$27.9M) added theaters while The Day the Earth Was Stupid shed over a thousand and plummeted ($7.9M/$63.6M). The weekend's final newcomer The Spirit was a disaster ($6.5M), barely eclipsing a strong showing by Doubt ($5.6M/$8.8M). In limited release, Revolutionary Road was outstanding ($64,000 per theater) while Last Chance Harvey ($16,000) and Waltz with Bashir ($10,240) both performed strongly.

Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox