‘Enchanted’ Princess Rules Box Office Again, But ‘This Christmas’ Keeps On Giving

Chris Brown and Amy Adams survive a slow movie week, while Jessica Alba's 'Awake' sleepwalks to #4.

The Box-Office Top Five

#1 “Enchanted” ($17 million)
#2 “This Christmas” ($8.4 million)
#3 “Beowulf” ($7.9 million)
#4 “Awake” ($6 million)
#5 “Hitman”($5.8 million)

While overall ticket sales were slumbering like Snow White, it was another happily ever after for Princess Giselle and the animated gang from Andalasia, as Disney’s “Enchanted” took the top spot at the weekend box office for the second weekend in a row. In what is typically a slow week for films, the musical fantasy about a fairy-tale princess who ventures into the real world brought in $17 million.

She sings. She dances. She does it all in a Cinderella gown. But despite critics’ raves, there’s some debate whether “Enchanted” star Amy Adams was the week’s breakout star. Have you seen Chris Brown? With $8.4 million, Brown’s “This Christmas” finished in the second slot for the second week in a row. And with $36 million total in the bank, the family farce has already trebled its rumored budget.

Meanwhile, this weekend must have Jessica Alba singing “Someday My Prince Will Come.” She bombed with Dane Cook in “Good Luck Chuck” and Paul Rudd in “The Ten,” and she closes out 2007 by crashing with Hayden Christensen in “Awake,” the story of a man who must stay up all night after he’s misdiagnosed with a disease only found in Brontosauruses. No wait, that was an episode of “The Flintstones.” Anyway, “Awake” sleepwalked to fourth place with $6 million.

“Beowulf” came in third place with $7.9 million, while “Hitman” rounded out the top five. Among other new releases, “The Savages,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney, and the French film “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” both performed strongly in limited release.

Upcoming Releases

Break out your upside-down crosses and practice your Satanic verses: “The Golden Compass” will convert otherwise holy children (the ones that weren’t already driven to a lifetime of witchcraft and devilry by “Harry Potter”) next week when it opens in 3,000 theaters. Meanwhile, Ellen Page and Michael Cera live in sin by conceiving a child out of wedlock in “Juno,” which opens in seven theaters beginning Wednesday.

Check out everything we’ve got on “Enchanted,” “This Christmas” and “The Golden Compass.”

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