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Arts and Entertainment

Box Office Review: U.S. Continues Cultural Decline

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua topped the box-office for the second week in a row, pulling in an impressive $17.5M ($52.5M) and validating a little-known prediction by Nostradamus regarding the imminent collapse of civilization. Newcomer Quarantine hauled in a surprising $14.2M as Jennifer Carpenter fans stormed en masse into theaters. The same can not be said for Body of Lies which disappointed badly with a paltry $13.1M in ticket sales. The absurd Eagle Eye continued to perform well ($11M/$70.5M) as did the delightful Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist ($6.5M/$20.8M) (which everyone should see immediately!).

The second half of the top 10 was led by the saccharine The Express ($4.7M) which managed to just edge the sugary Nights in Rodanthe ($4.6M/$32.3M). Ed Harris' nouveau western Appaloosa managed a decent $3.3M ($10.8M) while The Duchess garnered an additional $3.3M ($5.6M) in its first weekend of wide release. City of Ember finished tenth with a poor $3.2M. In limited release, RocknRolla ($20,143 per theater) and Happy-Go-Lucky ($20,000 per) both performed strongly while Ashes of Time Redux had a mediocre start ($4400). Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham was D.O.A. ($709).