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“Pursuit of Happyness” appears to be Friday winner

Early estimates (courtesy Deadline Hollywood Daily and Box Office Mojo) show that the Will Smith powered “Pursuit of Happyness” and “Eragon” were in a tight race Friday for the number one spot, with ‘Pursuit’ taking in about $9.05M in receipts and “Eragon” around $8.62M.

Those two openers were followed by “Charlotte’s Web” at number three ($3.43M), “The Holiday” ($2.58M) holding well from the week prior at number four, “Apocalypto” (last week’s winner) dropping to fifth ($2.245M), “Happy Feet” ($2.07M) at number six, “Blood Diamond” dropping to seventh with $1.805M, “Casino Royale” ($1.575M) at number eight, “The Nativity Story” ($1.20M) at number nine and “Unaccompanied Minors” ($1.015M) at 1oth.

If those numbers hold firm, expect weekend takes of around $27M for “Pursuit of Happyness”, $24M for “Eragon” and $14M for “Charlotte’s Web”.

Box Office for Friday, December 15, 2006
1. “Pursuit of Happyness — $9.05M
2. “Eragon” — $8.62M
3. “Charlotte’s Web” — $3.43M
4. “The Holiday” — $2.58M
5. “Apocalypto” — $2.245M
6. “Happy Feet” — $2.07M
7. “Blood Diamond” — $1.805M
8. “Casino Royale” — $1.575M
9. “The Nativity Story” — $1.20M
10. “Unaccompanied Minors” — $1.015M