Box Office Beat

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Box Office Beat: The Pooch Prevails

For the second week in a row, Marley ruled the movies, defeating Disney, Benjamin Button, Tom Cruise, and Jim Carrey. Looks like American movie-goers are jonesing for a pick-me-up rather than prepping for awards season. Need a cure for the Monday blues? See the clip above of Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson shopping for a puppy.

1. Marley & Me: $24.1 M
2. Bedtime Stories: $20.3M
3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: $18.4M
4. Valkyrie: $14M
5. Yes Man: $13.8M

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Box Office Beat: Doggie Bests Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler

It may have been a weak Christmas for retail sales, but the box office broke a record. Thanks to a rowdy yellow Lab named Marley (plus Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson), Americans spent $204 million — the highest-grossing three-day Christmas weekend ever. Playing second fiddle to Marley & Me: Adam Sandler‘s kid-friendly flick Bedtime Stories and the Brad Pitt tearjerker The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

1. Marley & Me ($37 million)

2. Bedtime Stories ($28.1 million)

3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($27.2 million)

4. Valkyrie ($21.5 million)

5. Yes Man ($16.4 million)

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Box Office Beat: Keanu’s Alien Flick Triumphs

Despite unintentionally comedic lines like “If the earth dies, you die, if you die, the earth survives,” this remake of 1951′s The Day The Earth Stood Still ruled the weekend box office. Somehow Keanu Reeves‘ vacant stares and deadpan line delivery continue to bring in the dough. See the clip above, where Keanu the Alien explains to Jennifer Connelly that her species must die to save the world. Not even Will Smith‘s adorable son, Jaden, can save this sci-fi silliness.

1. The Day The Earth Stood Still: $31M

2. Four Christmases: $13.3M

3. Twilight: $8.01M

4. Bolt: $7.51M

5. Australia: $4.29M

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Box Office Beat: Crazy In-Laws Take The Cake

Audiences must really be in the holiday spirit, as Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn held the top spot at the movies for the second weekend in a row, beating sexy vampires, Australian cowboys and Bond. Four Christmases‘ success proves the often-told tale of family stress and a full schedule around the holidays doesn’t get old. See a clip above of Vaughn being outed by his rowdy brothers, revealing to Witherspoon his birth name is “Orlando.”

1. Four Christmases: $18.2M
2. Twilight: $13.2M
3. Bolt: $9.7M
4. Australia: $7M
5. Quantum of Solace: $6.6M

On the coattails of Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies” sensation, we were somewhat surprised to see Cadillac Records roll in at #9 with a meager $3.5M. Check out a clip of Ms. Knowles singing as Etta James after the jump.

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Box Office Beat: Bloodsuckers Defeat Bond

The teen heart-throbbing vamps conquered a delusional dog, Bond, and escaped zoo animals for the top spot at the box office over the weekend. See a clip from Twilight above when Kristen Stewart lets hunky Robert Pattinson know that the jig is up.

Twilight, $70.6M
Quantum of Solace, $27.4M
Bolt, $27M
Madagascar: Escape to Africa, $16M
Role Models, $7.23M

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Box Office Beat: Zoo Animals Bring In The Cash

Short on cash in this craptastic economy? We suggest making an animated film about animals featuring the voices of risqué comedians and Today Show hosts. The folks over at Dreamworks are rolling in cheddah this morning after the kiddie comedy came in #1 over the weekend. See the latest trailer above.

1. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: $63.5M

2. Role Models: $19.3M

3. High School Musical 3: $9.29M

4. Changeling: $7.28M

5. Zack & Miri Make A Porno: $6.52M

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Box Office Beat: Zac Efron’s Smooth Moves Defeat Porno and Jigsaw

The vocal stylings of Zac Efron & Co. held the top spot at the box office over the weekend, outselling two horror movies, Angelina Jolie, and a sexy comedy. How did the Disney tarts do it? Get a taste of Efron gold in the above clip.

1. High School Musical 3: $15M

2. Zack & Miri Make A Porno: $10.7M

3. Saw V: $10.1M

4. Changeling: $9.41

5. The Haunting of Molly Hartley: $6.01M