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The rich got richer during the weekend as Disney's Nicolas Cage starrer National Treasure: Book of Secrets topped the domestic boxoffice for a third successive session with an estimated $20.2 million, pushing its cume to $171 million.
Sony's Will Smith starrer I Am Legend rung up another $16.4 million to grab the frame's silver-medal position and fatten its cume to $228.7 million. Fox Searchlight's modestly budgeted comedy Juno finished third with $16.2 million, shaping a $52 million cume.
Directed by Jason Reitman, Juno broadened Friday to 1,925 playdates after playing in more limited release over four previous sessions. Searchlight topper Peter Rice said the comedy appears on track to outperform even the specialty unit's best-ever grosser, the 2004 comedy Sideways, which rung up $73 million.
Elsewhere among the top finishers during the weekend, Fox's family comedy Alvin and the Chipmunks gathered up another $16 million, finishing fourth and boosting its four-week store of boxoffice acorns to an enviable $176.7 million.
The frame's only wide opener, Alcon Entertainment's Warner Bros.-distributed One Missed Call, posted a better-than-expected $13.5 million in fifth place. The PG-13 horror film, which stars Edward Burns and Shannyn Sossamon, drew audiences comprising 55% females, with 34% of patrons under 18.
Warners executive vp Jeff Goldstein said Alcon was "pleased" with the performance and noted the film carried a "modest" production budget.
Sony's family fantasy The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep dropped 31% from its first weekend to $6.3 million in eighth place, with a $30.9 million cume since opening Dec. 25.
Fox's Christmas-bowed Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem dropped 58% from its first weekend with $4.3 million to tumble from the top 10. »
The Nicolas Cage starrer "National Treasure: Books of Secrets" unearthed an estimated $55.4 million during the five-day frame, easily topping the domestic boxoffice for a second holiday session. The action sequel, which marked a modest 21% drop from its opening weekend, now boasts a 12-day cume of $143.8 million.
Warner Bros./Village Roadshow's Will Smith release I Am Legend grossed $38 million to finish third during its third outing. The performance left the sci-fi horror film with a cume of $205.1 million, making it the studio's third $200 million performer after similar feats by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and 300.
Universal's Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts starrer Charlie Wilson's War -- which skeptics warned might get caught in a crush of competition -- continued to hold its own nicely, finishing fourth with $20.5 million. That featured an unusual 24% uptick from its opening weekend and brought the cume for the Mike Nichols-helmed film to $43.3 million.
Fox Searchlight's Juno added 16 playdates for a total of 1,014 and grossed $15.7 million, good for fifth place. Toting a $31.1 million cume, the platforming film is set to hit 1,900 engagements Friday.
Fox's monster smackdown Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem grossed $13.8 million, finishing seventh and giving the R-rated sequel a $30.7 million cume since bowing on Christmas.
Warners' P.S. I Love You finished eighth with $13.1 million, including an impressive 43% jump from its first Friday-Sunday grosses. The cume for the female-skewing romancer, produced and financed by Alcon Entertainment, reached $27.4 million through 12 days.
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