The comedy “Meet the Spartans,” by 20th Century Fox, opened in first place at the movie box office for the weekend ended Jan. 27. With an estimated gross of $18.7 million, the opening shocked industry watchers as this dark horse candidate surpassed Sylvester Stallone’s latest “Rambo” and last week’s heavy-hitter, “Cloverfield.”

Stallone’s comeback vehicle, two decades after “Rambo III,” appears solid. This — the fourth installment placed an impressive $18.2 million, earning second place. Another Fox film, the romantic comedy “27 Dresses,” finished the weekend at number three, with $13.6 million. Paramount’s sci-fi thriller “Cloverfield,” after a bigger-than-expected opening last weekend, experienced a titanic drop of 72% this weekend to finish at number four with $12.7 million.

Sony Pictures’ thriller “Untraceable” opened at a disappointing number five with an estimated gross of $11.2, barely breaking out of its expected female-oriented audience. And the season’s unexpected hit “Juno” keeps chugging along, picking up another $10.3 million after its four Oscar nominations, to push its total box office take past the vaunted $100 million mark.

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The Top Ten estimated grosses list follows. (Source: The Numbers.com)

1
Meet the Spartans
Weekend gross: $18.7M

2
Rambo
Weekend gross: $18.2M

3
27 Dresses
Weekend gross: $13.6M

4
Cloverfield
Weekend gross: $12.7M

5
Untraceable
Weekend gross: $11.2M

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6
Juno
Weekend gross: $10.3M

7
The Bucket List
Weekend gross: $10.2M

8
There Will Be Blood
Weekend gross: $4.9M

9
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Weekend gross: $4.7M

10
Mad Money
Weekend gross: $4.6M

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