'Twilight' tops weekend movie box office, 'Quantum of Solace' second
UPI News Service, 11/23/2008
"Twilight," a vampire love story written and directed by women, opened at No. 1 in U.S. theaters, Box Office Mojo said Sunday.
"Twilight" tallied an estimated $70.55 million in its first weekend. The screenplay for the romantic horror film, based on a novel by Stephenie Meyer, was written by Melissa Rosenberg and directed by Catherine Hardwicke..
Pushed down to No. 2 was "Quantum of Solace," which pulled in another $27.4 million for a two-week total of $109.48 million.
Arriving at No. 3 with $27 million in estimated gate receipts was "Bolt," featuring the voices of John Travolta, the animated movie's top dog, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton and Malcolm McDowell.
"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" dropped two spots to No. 4 at $16 million for a three-week total of $137.45 million, while "Role Models also fell two places to No. 5 with $7.23 million.
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," the story about the son of a Nazi concentration camp commandant who befriends a Jewish boy during World War II, shot up from No. 19 to No. 9 with $1.67 million in ticket sales. The drama, directed by Mark Herman, stars Asa Butterfield and Zac Mattoon O'Brien.