Fred Claus Gets a Lump of Coal


beemoviebox.jpgThe Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend and the Weekend Warrior has a full write-up and analysis of the weekend. Be sure to check back on Monday for final figures based on actual box office.

There was a shake-up in the Top 2 films at the box office, but it didn’t come in the form of either of the star-studded debuts, as both Fred Claus (Warner Bros.) starring Vince Vaughn and Lions for Lambs (United Artists) starring Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep failed to beat either of last week’s big openers. And yet, this weekend, the top spot went to DreamWorks’ animated Bee Movie, which moved into the #1 position with an estimated $26 million. The family holiday comedy Fred Claus underperformed with $19.2 million in 3,603 theatres, settling for third, although the holiday themes guarantee that it will maintain strong business over the next month and a half. Tom Cruise and Robert Redford teamed for the political drama Lions for Lambs (United Artists) but their combined star power with that of Meryl Streep failed to make more than $6.7 million in 2,215 theatres as it opened in fourth place.

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