By Laurie A. Trotta The weekend winner for movie box office grosses is “Cloverfield,” which took in a studio estimated $41 million, for the...

By Laurie A. Trotta

The weekend winner for movie box office grosses is “Cloverfield,” which took in a studio estimated $41 million, for the period ended Jan. 20, industry sources reported. The gross is $10 million more than projected and made “Cloverfield” an easy winner over the bridesmaid comedy “27 Dresses.”

Shot with a no-name cast and handheld cameras, the J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi thriller was seen in the industry as an experiment in marketing, because the first trailers gave away no plot points or even the title of the movie, which sparked debate and discussion, according to USA Today’s Scott Bowles.

The Katherine Heigl romantic comedy “27 Dresses” nearly doubled expectations by earning $22 million. The Jack Nicholson-Morgan Freeman comedy “The Bucket List” gave up its first position, but remains a strong performer, placing third with $15.2 million. “Juno,” the teenage pregnancy comedy in its fourth weekend, took in $10.3 million, good for fourth place; and “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” was fifth with $8.1 million.

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Chart source: TheNumbers.com The table lists the movie, studio, genre, weekly gross, number of theaters, per screen average and total.


1


Cloverfield


Paramount Pictures


Action


$41,000,000


3,411


$12,020


$41,000,000


2


27 Dresses


20th Century Fox


Romantic Comedy


$22,427,000


3,057


$7,336


$22,427,000


3


The Bucket List


Warner Bros.


Comedy


$15,150,000


2,915


$5,197


$42,709,000


4


Juno


Fox Searchlight


Comedy


$10,250,000


2,534


$4,045


$85,376,533


5


National Treasure: The Book of Secrets


Buena Vista


Adventure


$8,148,000


2,963


$2,750


$198,030,000


6


First Sunday


Sony/Screen Gems


Comedy


$7,800,000


2,213


$3,525


$28,466,000


7


Mad Money


Overture Films


Comedy


$7,700,000


2,470


$3,117


$7,700,000


8


Alvin and the Chipmunks


20th Century Fox


Comedy


$7,000,000


2,962


$2,363


$196,380,181


9


I am Legend


Warner Bros.


Horror


$5,105,000


2,525


$2,022


$247,682,000


10


Atonement


Focus Features


Drama


$4,759,407


1,291


$3,687


$31,884,214