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Marley & Me Rings In New Year At Number One
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Marley & Me Rings In New Year At Number One

U.S. Box office earnings for the first weekend of the new year reached $123.2 million — down 28% from the prior weekend ($169.9 million), but up 10% compared to the same weekend a year ago ($112.5 million), Nielsen reported Monday.

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Marley & Me” remained in the top spot for the second weekend running, with earnings of almost $24.3 million between Jan. 2 and 4.

Walt Disney Studios’ “Bedtime Stories” claimed second place, with earnings of $20.5 million, and Paramount’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” rounded out the top three, with an $18.7 million box office draw.

Below are the top 10 Box Office totals for the weekend of January 2-4, 2009, according to Nielsen EDI.

Rank

(By

Weekend

Gross)

Title Studio Weekend Gross

(1/2 – 1/4)

Total Gross

(Through 1/4/09)

1 MARLEY & ME TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX $24,263,763 $106,664,046
2 BEDTIME STORIES WALT DISNEY STUDIOS $20,501,339 $85,539,168
3 THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON PARAMOUNT $18,691,248 $79,297,086
4 VALKYRIE MGM STUDIOS $14,094,617 $60,743,921
5 YES MAN WARNER BROS. $13,910,477 $79,507,388
6 SEVEN POUNDS SONY PICTURES $10,068,518 $60,147,298
7 THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX UNIVERSAL $6,939,295 $43,661,775
8 THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX $5,049,698 $74,424,256
9 DOUBT MIRAMAX $5,000,893 $18,705,481
10 SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE FOX SEARCHLIGHT $4,690,769 $28,676,598
Source: The Nielsen Company (January 2 – 4, 2009).