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Holiday Moviegoers Flock To Marley & Me
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Holiday Moviegoers Flock To Marley & Me

U.S. Box office earnings over the weekend following the Christmas holiday reached $169.9 million — up 120% over the prior weekend ($77.4 million), but down by 27% compared to the same weekend a year ago ($232.9 million), Nielsen reported Monday.

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Marley & Me” took over the top spot, with earnings of almost $36.5 million between Dec. 26 and 28.  Last weekend’s number one movie, Warner’s Brothers’ “Yes Man,” fell to fifth place — though its weekend gross fell only slightly: from $18.2 million during the weekend of Dec. 19-21, to $16.7 million in the weekend of Dec. 26-28.

Below are the top 10 Box Office totals for the weekend of December 26-28, 2008, according to Nielsen EDI.

Rank

(By

Weekend Gross)

Title Studio Weekend Gross

(12/26 – 12/28)

Total 2008 Gross

(Through 12/28/08)

1 MARLEY & ME TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX $36,357,586 $50,738,566
2 BEDTIME STORIES WALT DISNEY STUDIOS $27,450,296 $38,029,113
3 THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON PARAMOUNT $26,853,816 $38,725,647
4 VALKYRIE MGM STUDIOS $21,027,007 $29,520,979
5 YES MAN WARNER BROS. $16,657,046 $49,798,560
6 SEVEN POUNDS SONY PICTURES $13,203,236 $38,762,647
7 THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX UNIVERSAL $8,932,625 $27,448,085
8 THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX $7,697,799 $63,480,184
9 THE SPIRIT LIONSGATE $6,463,278 $10,305,501
10 DOUBT MIRAMAX $5,339,742 $8,484,863
Source: The Nielsen Company (December 26 – 28, 2008).