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“Apocalypto” wins weekend box office

Taking $14.166M from Friday to Sunday, “Apocalpyto” took the #1 spot ahead of previous openers and the other newcomers this weekend.

Opening in 2,465 theaters, the film averaged a strong $5,746/theater–the most for any wide-release this weekend.

Following in second place was another new opener, “The Holiday” (2,610 theaters-$5,172/theater) with $13.500M.

“Happy Feet” continues to to have good legs, dipping only 27.5% and grossing $12.718M at 3,650 theaters and pushing its domestic total to $137.738M.

Coming in fourth place with $8.800M from 3,161 theaters was “Casino Royale”. Its domestic total now stands at $128.894M ($195.575M from its overseas) for a total worldwide take of $324.469M.

Following then in fifth place for the week was “Blood Diamond” which opened wide to 1,910 theaters. The movie pulled in $8.515M.

The only other new wide release this weekend was “Unaccompanied Minors” which gathered up $6.205M from 2,775 theaters.

“Deja Vu” ($6.070M–$53.046M total), “The Nativity Story” ($5.575M–$15.769M total), “Deck the Halls” ($3.925M–30.076M total) and “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” ($3.311M–77.240M total) rounded out the top 10 for the weekend.

Source: [Box Office Mojo]: Weekend Box Office Results for December 8-10, 2006

1. “Apocalypto” – $14,166,000 — $14,166,000 total domestic gross
2. “The Holiday” – $13,500,000 — $13,500,000
3. “Happy Feet” – $12,718,000 — $137,738,000
4. “Casino Royale” – $8,800,000 — $128,894,000
5. “Blood Diamond” – $8,515,000 — $8,515,000
6. “Unaccompanied Minors” – $6,205,000 — $6,205,000
7. “Deja Vu” – $6,070,000 — $53,046,000
8. “Nativity Story” – $5,575,000 — $15,769,000
9. “Deck the Halls” – $3,925,000 — $30,076,000
10. “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” – $3,311,000 — $77,240,000