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Moviegoers Enjoy Four Christmases Over Thanksgiving - Week 4

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Quantum of Solace
Four Christmases
Role Models
Transporter 3
When Americans were given the choice of watching three crappy football games (when there used to only be two in the good ole days), they did what any other citizen of the world would do. They re-watched Rosie Live! on their Tivos. But after that, then they went to the movies.

This may come as a shock, but co-starring with Reese Witherspoon seems to get more bang for your buck than co-starring with Paul Giamatti. Making up for last season's misstep of Fred Claus, Vince Vaughn brought stuffing this time around so they'd forget that turkey. Four Christmases did surprisingly well for itself to the tune of $46.1 million over the 5-day holiday period. As the Christmas theme can continue to play relevant throughout December, maybe this film can make it to five Christmases.

If The Golden Compass, The Invasion, Bewitched, and The Stepford Wives have taught us anything, it's that paying Nicole Kidman $20 million to do a film does not go as far as it used to. In fact, it was probably never that good of an idea, but still like any of us would tell our boss, "Hey, you know what, that's enough. Really, I don't need anymore." Australia's mere $20 million over five days won't do anything to change the Kidman box-office slide though. This is one time Australia didn't want to be Down Under.

On the other side, Transporter 3 made $18.2 million more than I thought it would. Man, this must be what people 20 years older than me thought when I'd go rushing off to some random Jean Claude Van Damme movie back in my high school days.

For the continuing films, Twilight bit a little too hard in its second week decline, Bolt had almost the exact same second weekend as its first weekend, while Bond and Madagascar 2 enjoyed their last "privileged" weekend before the December movies kick in.

Can Bond catch Madagascar? Can Twilight catch Bond? Can someone explain why it's one in the morning and I'm watching Hudson Hawk onDemand with my Netflix box? The future will answer all questions… Well, maybe it's more like it can answer two out of three.

The Top Five If Today Was Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Day:

#1. Madagascar 2 - $159.1 million
#3. Quantum of Solace - $141.4 million
#3. Twilight - $119.7 million
#4. Bolt - $66.8 million
#5. Role Models - $57.8 million

This Week
Wow, Hollywood's really bringing out the leftovers this post-Thanksgiving weekend. The only major release is Punisher: War Zone. Really, with the truckload of films they've got coming out all within a few days of Christmas, they couldn't move anything up to this slot that provokes the slightest bit of interest? When the Valkyries, Revolutionary Roads, and Benjamin Buttons of the world all make the same $40 to $60 million totals by January, hopefully someone will realize they might have stood out a little more if all they had to compete with was Punisher: War Zone.

by Matt Neuenburg on 12/01/2008

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Australia, Bolt, Four Christmases, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Quantum of Solace, Role Models, Transporter 3, Twilight
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