‘Chihuahua’ leads Disney’s domination at box office

One of Hollywood's busiest weekends at theaters went to the dogs.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua held off seven other films that either debuted or expanded nationwide.

The family comedy did $29 million, according to studio estimates from box office tracking firm Nielsen EDI.

The opening met most analysts' expectations and gave Disney a lopsided win at the box office.

The Shia LaBeouf thriller Eagle Eye held well from its No. 1 debut, taking second place with $17.7 million. It has done $54.6 million in 10 days.

The Michael Cera comedy Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist was third, taking in $12 million and nearly recouping its $13 million budget in one weekend.

The Richard Gere-Diane Lane romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe was fourth with $7.4 million, while the Western Appaloosa expanded nationwide and was fifth with $5 million.

Audiences had political offerings on the left and right. An American Carol, a send-up of Michael Moore, did a respectable $3.8 million, good for No. 9. Religulous, the skewering of religion from comedian Bill Maher, was 10th with $3.5 million, though it was playing on only 500 screens and had more than three times the per-screen average of Carol.

The Greg Kinnear biopic Flash of Genius was 11th with $2.3 million, while the Julianne Moore drama Blindness was No. 12 with $2 million.

The only other major newcomer, the comedy How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, did $1.4 million, about half what analysts projected.

The crop of new movies helped ticket sales surge 44% over the same weekend last year.

Final figures are due Monday.


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