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Box Office Review: Wow!

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As little as a week ago, forecasters were estimating that Twilight would bring in $45-60M in its opening weekend. Those guesses have proven to be way low as the teen vampire romance stormed the box office with a stunning haul of $70.5M. As you might expect, plans are already underway for multiple sequels. Quantum of Solace slumped badly in its second weekend ($27.4M/$109.4M) but still managed to edge newbie Bolt ($27M). Madagascar 2 ($16M/$137.4M) and Role Models ($7.2M/$48M) rounded out the top 5.

The mediocre but resilient Changeling continued to do good business ($2.6M/$31.6M) while the witless HSM3: We Suck slipped badly in its fifth week ($2M/$86.8M). After that it was the decent Zack and Miri Make Fuck Film ($1.7M/$29.3M), the devastating The Boy in the Striped Pajamas ($1.6M/$2.6M) and the good-hearted The Secret Life of Bees ($1.2M/$35.6M). The fantastic Slumdog Millionaire just missed breaking into the top 10 despite averaging an extraordinary $31,063 per theater. What a magical film.