To absolutely no one’s surprise, “Beowulf” continued its strong Friday showing by taking the 3-day weekend box office with a combined $28, enough to give it king of the hill status. Other first weekend openers performed reasonably well, with the Natalie Portman children’s movie “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” coming in at fifth place with $10 million, and “Love in the Time of Cholera” just barely landing in tenth place with slightly south of $2 million. The surprise is the Coen Brothers “No Country for Old Men”, which took in an impressive $3 million from just 148 screenings, over 700 screens less than “Cholera”.
The Jerry Seinfeld animated “Bee Movie” came in second place in its third week at the box office, just barely beating out number three’s “American Gangster”, also in its third weekend. The Christmas comedy “Fred Claus”, starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti, took the fourth spot to round out the Top 5 at the box office.