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'National Treasure' banks riches

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The Nicholas Cage adventure thriller sequel "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" provided its producers plenty of riches in its U.S. theater debut.

The Buena Vista film pulled in an estimated $45.5 million in weekend ticket sales, Box Office Mojo reported Sunday.

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That pushed ""I Am Legend" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks" down to second and third, with $32.23 million and $29 million respectively.

Four more new movies crowded the Top 10 list this weekend. "Charlie Wilson's War" was No. 4 at $9.62 million in estimated ticket sales, followed by "Sweeney Todd: The Demon of Fleet Street" at No. 5 with $9.35 million, "P.S. I Love You" at No. 6 at $6.51 million and "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" No. 8 with $4.1 million in sales.

"Enchanted," which was fourth last week," was seventh at $4.15 million.

Rounding out the top tier were "The Golden Compass," which slipped all the way from third to ninth with $3.98 million in sales, and "Juno," which climbed one spot to No. 10 with $3.4 million.

Falling out of the Top 10 were: "No Country for Old Men," "The Perfect Holiday," "Fred Claus," "This Christmas," "Atonement" and "August Rush."

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