Clapboard : Four Christmases Jingles All the Way

LOS ANGELES ~ The romantic comedy Four Christmases made merry at the North American box office for a second weekend in a row, final industry figures showed.

Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn, playing a couple struggling to visit all four of their divorced parents at Christmas, brought the Warner Bros. comedy US$16.8 million over the three-day weekend, Exhibitor Relations said.

Teen vampire movie Twilight failed to chomp on the dramatic lead of Four Christmases but made its way to second place with $13 million.

The indie feature was in third place last weekend, a spot now taken by Disney’s animated Bolt, which barked up $9.8 million.

Australia, the epic period romance featuring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, moved up one rank to fourth place with $7 million, bringing its total box office sales to just under $31 million.

The weekend after the US Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally quiet, but the top 12 films this weekend still outperformed the same period last year by 5.3 percent.

Only two new releases made the top 10. Comic-book based action film Punisher: War Zone secured eighth place with $4.3 million while musical biopic Cadillac Records took $3.4 million.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa has amassed $165.7 million worth of total ticket sales for Paramount since the animated feature made its debut five weeks ago.

James Bond thriller Quantum of Solace finished one spot ahead of Madagascar with $6.8 million, earning a total of $151.62 million after four weekends.

Role Models closed the top 10 at $2.6 million.

Despite playing in only three cinemas, Frost/Nixon cashed in $180,147 for its debut, a staggering average of $60,049 per theater.

Ron Howard’s drama documents the historic 1977 interviews between disgraced former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) and TV personality David Frost (Michael Sheen) that lasted nearly 30 hours.

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