The Box Office Top 5
#1. "Four Christmases" ($18.5 million)
#2. "Twilight" ($13.2 million)
#3. "Bolt" ($9.7 million)
#4 "Australia" ($7 million)
#5 "Quantum of Solace" ($6.6 million)
The top earners this weekend were all familiar faces, suggesting that post-Thanksgiving audiences prefer the warm and fuzzy fare to the blood and carnage offered by our big newcomer, "Punisher: War Zone." The latest Marvel flick only made it to the 8th spot, bringing in $4 million, the smallest opening yet for a Marvel film. That's a disappointing start for the Punisher reboot, and a bleak outlook for its continuation.
The Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon starrer "Four Christmases" kept audiences laughing for the holidays, taking the #1 spot for a second week in a row. With $18.5 milion added to its total, the comedy has now placed a hefty $70.8 million in its stocking.
"Twilight" made a decent showing for its third week at the box office, taking the #2 spot with $13.2 million, while Disney's family-friendly Bolt fared worse, plunging nearly 64% to rake in 9.7 million at the #3 spot.
While it remains in the top five, Baz Luhrmann's epic "Australia" also continues to struggle, and has brought in a total of just $30.9 million in 12 days. "Quantum of Solace" dropped to the fifth spot this week, losing 65% of his initial box office for a grand total $151.5 million to date (along with doing huge numbers overseas).
New release "Cadillac Records," the rock 'n' roll biopic starring Beyonce and Mos Def, made an admirable showing at #9, bringing in $3.5 million on less than 700 screens. Indie flick "Nobel Son" was less fortunate, opening wider than "Cadillac" but only taking in $371,000.
In next Friday's only studio release, Keanu Reeves warns humanity of an approaching apocalypse in the remake of the sci-fi classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Also opening is the Freddy Rodriguez, John Leguizamo Christmas movie "Nothing Like the Holidays," and animated kiddie flick "Delgo."