"The Day the Earth Stood Still," featuring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates and John Cleese, pulled in an estimated $31 million in gate receipts, compared with $13.27 million for "Four Christmases," which had been No. 1 the previous two weeks and has a three-week total of nearly $88 million.
"Twilight" moved from second to third with $8.01 million, followed by "Bolt" at $7.51 million, "Australia" at $4.29 million and "Quantum of Solace" at $3.8 million for a five-week total of $157.7 million.
Another Christmas movie, "Nothing Like the Holidays," about a Puerto Rican family facing what may be their last Christmas together in Chicago, came in at No. 7 with $3.5 million in estimated ticket sales. Rounding out the Top 10 were "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," $3.25 million; "Milk," Sean Penn's portrayal of slain gay San Francisco city official Harvey Milk, up from 11th last week with $2.64 million; and "Transporter 3," $2.25 million.
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