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Box Office: Canine Star Beats Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler & Tom Cruise + Reese Witherspoon Back at the Top

Marley and Me Owen Wilson Jennifer Aniston: Box office beats Adam Sandler + Brad PittMarley & Me with Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and the dog Clyde. Directed by David Frankel, the canine comedy-drama has once again topped the domestic box office, beating big-name competitors such as Adam Sandler (Bedtime Stories), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Tom Cruise (Valkyrie).

Weekend box office: 'Marley & Me' beats Adam Sandler, Brad Pitt & Tom Cruise once again

Jan. 5 update: This early January 2009, Marley & Me topped the North American box office for the second weekend in a row, with $24 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

As found at boxofficemojo.com, David Frankel's comedy-drama starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston easily dominated the competition all week long, bringing its domestic total to an impressive $106.5 million after barely two weeks in release.

At no. 2, Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories picked up another $20.3 million, reaching a total haul of $85.3 million. The Adam Shankman-directed comedy stars Sandler as a hotel handyman whose bedtime stories become true the next day.

Meanwhile, David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button raked in $18.4 million in third place, lifting its cumulative gross to $79 million. Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, the movie tells the story of a man who mysteriously ages backwards.

Bryan Singer's World War II drama Valkyrie, starring Tom Cruise as a Nazi officer who plots to assassinate Hitler, clung to the no. 4 spot, with a weekend gross of $14 million and a total of $60.6 million. Also in the Valkyrie cast are Kenneth Branagh, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, and Carice van Houten.

Jim Carrey & Will Smith slow down

Following in fifth place with $13.8 million was Jim Carrey's Yes Man, which brought its domestic total to $79.4 million after three weeks in release.

Directed by Peyton Reed, Yes Man stars Carrey as Carl, a bitter man who decides to change his life by saying Yes to anything and everything for a whole year. That makes Carl the near-exact opposite of the Doris Day character in the 1950 musical comedy Tea for Two (from Broadway's No No Nanette), who must say No to everything for 24 hours.

Also in the Yes Man cast: Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper.

At no. 6, Sony Pictures' drama Seven Pounds took in $10 million for a cumulative gross of $60 million. Directed by Gabriele Muccino and starring Will Smith – who had previously collaborated on the highly successful The Pursuit of Happyness – the movie follows an IRS agent who embarks on a quest to drastically change the lives of seven strangers.

Meryl Streep & 'Slumdog Millionaire' up, Keanu Reeves down

Staying put in seventh place was The Tale of Despereaux, which reached a total gross of $43.7 million after this weekend's earnings of $7 million. Based on the popular book by Kate DiCamillo, the computer-animated film chronicles the adventures of a brave mouse who rescues a princess from the claws of hungry rats.

Now, things changed a bit at the bottom of the Top Ten domestic box office chart:

A remake of the 1951 Robert Wise classic starring Patricia Neal and Michael Rennie, the 2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still has been massacred by most critics. The remake features Keanu Reeves as an alien who comes to Earth to warn humankind of the possibility of its imminent destruction.

Also moving up was Danny Boyle's widely acclaimed Mumbai-set drama Slumdog Millionaire, which finished tenth with a weekend gross of $4.7 million and a domestic total of $28.7 million. Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, and Irrfan Khan star.

Bedtime Stories Adam Sandler Teresa Palmer: Box office below expectationsBedtime Stories with Adam Sandler and Teresa Palmer. The latest Adam Sandler comedy, Bedtime Stories, had a more modest-than-expected domestic debut, getting bitten (bad pun intended) by the canine movie Marley & Me at the U.S. and Canada box office. With $27.45 million on opening weekend, Bedtime Stories landed well below the recent Adam Sandler star vehicles I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry ($34.23 million), You Don't Mess with the Zohan ($38.53 million), and Click ($40.01 million).

Weekend box office: 'Marley & Me' beats Adam Sandler

Dec. 28 '08 update: David Frankel's comedy-drama Marley & Me raced to the top of the North American box office this weekend, with $37 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates. Marley & Me's domestic total currently stands at an impressive $51.6 million after only four days in release.

At no. 2, Adam Sandler's latest comedy, Bedtime Stories, brought in $28 million, reaching a cumulative gross of $38.5 million. At no. 3 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button collected $27 million, lifting its total gross to $39 million after a strong four-day run.

Following at no. 4 with $21.5 million was the Bryan Singer-Tom Cruise collaboration Valkyrie, which brought its cumulative gross to $30 million.

'Yes Man' stronger than expected while 'The Spirit' fails to rise

Still going surprisingly strong at no. 5 was Jim Carrey's comedy Yes Man, reaching a total haul of $49.5 million following this weekend's earnings of $16.4 million.

The only wide release not to reach the Top Five this weekend was Frank Miller's The Spirit, which collected a disappointing $6.5 million at 2,509 locations. Based on the comic book series by Will Eisner, the film stars Gabriel Macht as a rookie cop battling crime in Central City.

Weekend box office: Audiences say No to Jim Carrey's 'Yes Man'

Dec. 21 update: Jim Carrey's latest comedy, Yes Man, topped the North American box office this weekend, Dec. 19–21, with $18.1 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates. For a mainstream Jim Carrey comedy, Yes Man delivered an unusually low-key performance in the U.S. and Canada.

Equally disappointing was Seven Pounds, which, unlike Will Smith's recent films, failed to score a big opening, scoring only $16 million at no. 2. Not doing any better, another new entry, The Tale of Despereaux, collected $10.5 million in third place.

Meanwhile, last weekend's box office champion, the Keanu Reeves sci-fier The Day the Earth Stood Still, dropped to no. 4, earning $10.1 million and lifting its domestic total to $48.6 million.

'Four Christmases' passes $100 million milestone

Following in fifth place was Seth Gordon's holiday comedy Four Christmases, which brought its total haul to a hefty $100.1 million after this weekend's earnings of $7.7 million.

Starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, Four Christmases follows a couple paying a visit to their four divorced parents. Also in the cast:

Best Actress Oscar winner Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner's Daughter, 1980).

Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard, 1980).

Best Actor Oscar winner Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies, 1983).

Best Actor Oscar winner Jon Voight (Coming Home, 1978).

Jon Favreau. Kristin Chenoweth. Tim McGraw. Dwight Yoakam.

'Twilight' still bright

At no. 6, Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight, starring teen idols Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, pulled in another $5.2 million. Based on the Stephenie Meyer novel of the same title, Twilight tells the story of a teenage girl (Kristen Stewart) who falls in love with a friendly vampire (Robert Pattinson). Total to date: $158.4 million.

Also in the Twilight cast:

Peter Facinelli. Elizabeth Reaser. Cam Gigandet. Rachelle Lefevre. Taylor Lautner. Kellan Lutz.

Ashley Greene. Jackson Rathbone. Nikki Reed. Anna Kendrick. Billy Burke. Michael Welch.

'Bolt' fading away, 'Slumdog Millionaire' gains momentum

Walt Disney's Bolt picked up $4.2 million in seventh place for a domestic gross of $95 million. Featuring the voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus, the animated adventure follows a dog who believes he has superpowers until he realizes he's merely the star of a popular TV show.

At no. 8, Danny Boyle's multiple award-winning Slumdog Millionaire raked in $3.1 million at only 589 locations for a cumulative gross of $12.1 million.

Rounding out the Top Ten on the domestic box office chart were:

  • Baz Luhrmann's epic drama Australia, with a weekend gross of $2.3 million and a total haul of $41.9 million. In the romantic epic drama, Best Actress Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, 2002) plays an English aristocrat who, during her stay in Australia, falls in love with rancher Hugh Jackman.
  • Marc Forster's James Bond adventure Quantum of Solace, starring Daniel Craig, with $2.1 million and a cume of $161.3 million.
The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 Keanu Reeves. Panned sci-fi remake box officeThe Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 with Keanu Reeves. U.S. critics have mostly derided Scott Derrickson's remake of the 1951 Robert Wise sci-fi classic, but North American audiences did – at least on the film's first weekend out – embrace it. After grossing $31 million on its debut, The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 might have eventually reached the $100 million mark domestically – except for the fact that on weekend no. 2 it was down nearly 70 percent. Barring a box office miracle, that particular domestic milestone now lies beyond reach. In the 1951 original, Michael Rennie had Reeves' role – the alien who makes the mistake of attempting to warn humankind of its likely destruction.

Weekend box office: Destroyed by critics, 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' destroys competition

Dec. 14 update: 20th Century Fox's The Day the Earth Stood Still remake destroyed its competition at the North American box office, with $31 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates.

Scott Derrickson's critically panned remake of the 1951 sci-fi thriller directed by Robert Wise opened at 3,560 locations, landing at the no. 1 spot early Friday.

Last weekend's box office champion, Four Christmases, dropped to second place, earning $13.2 million, for a domestic total of $87.9 million after a strong three-week run.

'Twilight' reaches $150 million while 'Australia' not nearly as strong as expected

At no. 3, Catherine Hardwicke's vampire romance Twilight brought in another $8 million, lifting its cumulative gross to a remarkable $150.1 million.

Meanwhile, Disney's animated hit flick Bolt took in $7.5 million in fourth place. Its current total haul stands at $88.8 million after only four weeks in release.

Following at no. 5 was Baz Luhrmann's adventure drama Australia, which pulled in $4.2 million to reach a domestic total of $37.8 million.

Slipping to no. 6, Marc Forster's Quantum of Solace brought its cumulative gross to $157.6 million after this weekend's earnings of $3.8 million.

'Nothing Like the Holidays' bombs

New entry Nothing Like the Holidays, with Debra Messing, John Leguizamo, and Alfred Molina, opened in seventh place, with a disappointing $3.5 million from 1,671 locations.

Rounding out the Top Ten on the box office chart were the following:

  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa collected $3.2 million, for a total of $170 million.
  • Gus Van Sant's acclaimed drama Milk, starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and James Franco, took in $2.6 million at no. 9. In the film, Penn stars as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States.
  • At no. 10, Olivier Megaton's sequel Transporter 3, with $2.2 million. Total to date: $29.2 million.
Four Christmases Reese Witherspoon Vince Vaughn: Actress back atop box office chartFour Christmases with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. Following a trio of post-Walk the Line box office disappointments – Rendition, Penelope, Just Like Heaven – Reese Witherspoon returns to the top of the North American box office chart with Four Christmases. In fact, when it comes to Witherspoon's personal box office chart, Seth Gordon's holiday comedy's $31.06 million opening-weekend gross trails only that of Andy Tennant's Sweet Home Alabama, which collected $35.64 million back in September 2002.

Weekend box office: 'Four Christmases' once again tops box office as trio of new releases bomb

Dec. 8 update: Four Christmases topped the U.S. and Canada box office for the second consecutive weekend, with $18.1 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates.

The holiday comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn easily dominated the competition, lifting its domestic total to $70.8 million.

This week's new releases weren't that lucky, with Lexi Alexander's Punisher: War Zone, with Ray Stevenson, delivering the least dismal result at no. 8 with $4 million.

Cadillac Records, starring Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright, closely followed in ninth place with a paltry $3.5 million.

As for Nobel Son, it ended up at no. 15, with a highly disappointing $371,000. Directed by Randall Miller, the film revolves around a student (Bryan Greenberg) who's kidnapped on the eve of his father (Harry Potter franchise actor Alan Rickman) receiving the Nobel Prize.

Also worth noting, rounding out the Top Ten on the domestic box office chart was David Wain's surprise hit Role Models, which scored another $2.6 million for a cumulative gross of $61.6 million. Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, and Elizabeth Banks star.

Weekend box office: Reese Witherspoon-Vince Vaughn comedy 'Four Christmases' tops as 'Australia' disappoints

Dec. 1: Seth Gordon's holiday comedy Four Christmases topped the North American box office this Thanksgiving weekend with $31.6 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates.

Starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon as a couple paying a Christmas Day visit to all four of their divorced parents, the film reached $46.7 million after only five days in release.

Jumping to no. 2, Bolt collected another $26.5 million, while the Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson vampire romance Twilight brought in $26.3 million.

Dropping to fourth place was Marc Forster's 007 adventure Quantum of Solace, which pulled in $19.5 million.

Debuting at a lowly no. 5 was Baz Luhrmann's Australia, which earned $14.8 million from 2,642 locations. The epic adventure romance, stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' & 'Milk'

Wrapping up, the no. 9 movie this Thanksgiving weekend was Mark Herman's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which has just earned Vera Farmiga the Best Actress award at the 2008 British Independent Film Awards.

The World War II drama about the forbidden friendship between the son of a concentration camp commander and a Jewish boy has a cumulative gross of $5.1 million.

Rounding out the Top Ten on the domestic box office chart was Gus Van Sant's Milk, which opened at only 36 locations but managed to pull in an impressive $1.3 million.

 

Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and the dog Clyde Marley & Me image: 20th Century Fox.

Teresa Palmer and Adam Sandler Bedtime Stories image: Tracy Bennett / Disney Enterprises.

Keanu Reeves The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 image: 20th Century Fox.

Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon Four Christmases image: New Line / Warner Bros.

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5 Comments to Box Office: Canine Star Beats Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler & Tom Cruise + Reese Witherspoon Back at the Top

  1. Lennie

    id much rather watch a dog than adam sandler

  2. lori

    Jen RULES!

  3. karne

    i luv brad but im glad that jen won!!

  4. POOCHIE

    IT'S RAINING DOGS! HALLELUJAH!!

  5. Moniker

    $31 million in the US/Canada, and another $39 or so overseas and some are calling The Day the Earth Stood Still a flop?