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Box Office Review: Two for Four

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Vince Vaughn astonished by Four Christmases undeserved success. | Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Since the weekend following Thanksgiving is an historically slow one for business, the major studios were hesitant to release anything on Friday. As a result, the witless Four Christmases topped the box-office again ($18.1M/$70.8M). Twilight regained some footing after a steep drop last week ($13.1M/$138.5M) while Bolt sank ($9.6M/$79.2M). Australia will struggle to recoup its $130M cost ($7M/$30.8M) unlike Quantum of Solace ($6.6M/$151.4M) and Madagascar 2 ($5.1M/$165.6M) which are both certified hits.

Transporter 3 endured a precipitous drop in its second week ($4.5M/$25.3M) but still managed to top newcomers Punisher: War Zone ($4M) and Cadillac Records ($3.5M). Sneaky hit Role Models looks to be surviving on good word of mouth and rounded out the top 10 ($2.6M/$61.6M). The limited release crowd was led by Frost/Nixon which pulled in an astonishing $60,000 per theater. The spectacularly bad Nobel Son ended up on the opposite end of the spectrum as it only averaged an abysmal $415 per venue.