Box Office Mojo said estimated gate receipts showed "Gran Torino" slipped to No. 2 with $22.24 million in ticket sales as Kevin James's security cop comedy, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," took over the top spot with $33.8 million in sales.
"My Bloody Valentine," a horror thriller directed by Patrick Lussier, opened at No. 3 with $21.9 million in sales, followed by "Notorious," which depicts the real-life story of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G, with $21.5 million, and "Hotel for Dogs," a comedy about kids turning a vacant house into a kennel, at $17.71 million.
Rounding out the Top 10 were "Bride Wars," with $11.75 million; "The Unborn," with $9.85 million; "Defiance," a Golden Globe-nominated drama about Jewish resistance fighters in Poland during World War II that zoomed up from 35th in its third week in the theaters, with $9.21 million; "Marley and Me," with $6.33 million; and "Slumdog Millionaire," back up from No. 11, with $5.9 million.
The slew of new offerings helped push out "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Bedtime Stories," "Valkyrie," "Yes Man," "Not Easily Broken" and "Seven Pounds."
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