Clapboard : Four Christmases Tops Box Office

LOS ANGELES ~ Romantic comedy Four Christmases jingled all the way to a big box office victory over the US Thanksgiving weekend for its North American debut, final figures showed.

Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn, playing a couple struggling to visit all four of their divorced parents at Christmas, brought the seasonal feature US$31.1 million over the three-day weekend, according to industry monitor Exhibitor Relations.

Disney’s animated Bolt, about a dog who believes in his fictional superhero powers, barked up to a second place with $26.6 million, just ahead of the teen vampire film Twilight, at $26.3 million.

The top 12 films grossed $154.8 million, more than twice the amount in the same period last year.

In fourth place, James Bond thriller Quantum of Solace made $18.8 million.

Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa, which came in sixth place over the weekend, raked in the most total ticket sales since its debut four weeks ago, with $159 million. The sequel to the popular 2005 animated film features Chris Rock and Ben Stiller as the voices for escaped zoo animals.

Australia, featuring Nicole Kidman as an English aristocrat who inherits a large ranch during World War II, racked up $14.8 million, while Transporter 3 earned $12.1 million.

In eighth place, Role Models brought in $5.19 million, followed by The Boy in the Striped Pajamas at $1.7 million.

Gus Van Sant’s Milk rounded up the top 10 in its debut weekend with $1.45 million in ticket sales.

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