The Box-Office Top Five
#1 "The Bucket List" ($19.5 million)
#2 "First Sunday" ($19 million)
#3 "Juno" ($14 million)
#4 "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" ($11.5 million)
#5 "Alvin and the Chipmunks" ($9.1 million)
The Golden Globes may be tarnished, but Hollywood's most famous awards-show guest once again that proved his future's so bright, he has to wear shades: Jack Nicholson's "The Bucket List" climbed its way to the top of the box office with $19.5 million on its first weekend in wide-release. Also starring Morgan Freeman, the flick centers on two cancer patients and their list of things to do before they die. Somebody call the AARP: The movie not only beat youth-oriented blockbusters like "Juno" and "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," it became the biggest opening of director Rob Reiner's career. Take that, David St. Hubbins.
While Nicholson and Freeman were off cheating death, Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan were cheating God himself, as two small-time crooks out to steal funds from a local church in "First Sunday." The heist film came in second place with $19 million, the third-biggest opening of the frozen one's career.
"Juno," meanwhile, continued its long climb to $100 million. While the teenage-pregnancy comedy lost at the Globes, it continues to win at the box office, pulling in $14 million in its sixth weekend. With $71 million, the flick has earned more than indie darlings "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Lost in Translation," and is just a tick shy of beating "Sideways" to become Fox Searchlight's highest-grossing film ever.
In fourth place with $11.5 million was "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," while "Alvin and the Chipmunks" came in fifth. Both films stand at a near identical $187 million.
Among new releases, "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything," a VeggieTales movie, came in ninth place with $4.4 million. Uwe Boll's latest masterpiece "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale," meanwhile, couldn't crack the top 10, earning $3.2 million and a 14th-place finish.
Always a bridesmaid, Katherine Heigl goes from "Knocked Up" to wedding-day bliss in "27 Dresses." Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah go from down-and-out to out and about as crooks who steal from the Federal Reserve in "Mad Money." And don't forget the monster. Perhaps the most anticipated movie ever to open in January, "Cloverfield" terrorizes Manhattan — and the box office — this coming week.
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