It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmases

The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the five-day Thanksgiving weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

Moviegoers got in the spirit as New Line/Warner Bros.’ new holiday comedy, Four Christmases, topped the box office with an estimated $46.7 million Wednesday through Sunday. Starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, the film averaged $14,112 in 3,310 theaters and cost about $80 million to make. Robert Duvall, Jon Favreau, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Tim McGraw, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Voight and Sissy Spacek co-star in the Seth Gordon-directed movie.

Last weekend’s champ, Summit Entertainment’s Twilight dropped to second and earned $39.5 million over the extended holiday weekend, pushing its total to $119.7 million after just two weeks. Based on the Stephenie Meyer novel, the vampire love story cost just $37 million to make.

Walt Disney Pictures’ animated comedy adventure Bolt remained in third place and added $36 million. The movie has reached $66.9 million after two weeks.

Sony/MGM’s Quantum of Solace dropped two spots to fourth and collected $28.1 million domestically in its third weekend, for a total of $142.1 million. Internationally, the 22nd James Bond film again won the weekend with $20.1 million from 73 markets, raising its foreign gross to $340.1 million. It is $92 million away from overtaking 2006’s Casino Royale ($432.1 million) as the biggest foreign grosser of the 007 series. Worldwide, the film has reached $368.2 million.

Rounding out the top five was Baz Luhrmann’s new epic Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. The film has earned $20 million from 2,642 theaters since opening Wednesday, averaging $7,570 per site. 20th Century Fox’s romantic action adventure was made for $130 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa earned an additional $19.6 million in its fourth weekend. Produced for about $150 million, the sequel is at $159.5 million.

Jason Statham’s return as Frank Martin in Transporter 3 landed in the seventh spot with $18.5 million from 2,626 million. The Lionsgate action film averaged $7,045 per theater.

Universal Pictures’ Role Models continued to do well, making another $7.8 million in its fourth weekend for a total of $57.9 million. The Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd comedy cost only $28 million to make.

Focus Features released Gus Van Sant’s Milk, starring Sean Penn, in just 36 theaters where it brought in an impressive $1.9 million, or an average of $51,833 per location.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.


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