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Box Office Review: Retreat Advances!

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Despite middling reviews, America warmed up to Couples Retreat this weekend as it easily topped the box office chart with a haul of $35.3M. Last week's champ, Zombieland finished a distant second with $15M ($47.8M) but managed to top the sturdy Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs ($12M | $96.2M). The Toy Story 1 & 2 double-feature continued to do good business ($7.6M | $22.6M) while sleeper Paranormal Activity did huge business in its first weekend of wide release ($7M | $8.2M).

The disappointing Surrogates continued its slow slide ($4.1M | $32.5M) as did The Invention of Lying ($3.3M | $12.3M). Whip It held fairly steady in its second weekend ($2.8M | $8.7M), just ahead of Capitalism: A Love Story ($2.7M | $9M). The re-boot of Fame rounded out the top 10 after taking in $2.5M ($20M). In limited release, An Education roared to a $40,500 per screen average, well ahead of Good Hair ($6005 per), The Damned United ($6133), Passport to Love ($7883) and Visual Acoustics ($4210).