Enchanted is still magic at the US box office

But Awake snoozes and loses…

It seemed appropriate that the only big new release to hit the US box office charts this week should be a thriller about someone under anaesthetic, starring Hayden Christensen, who regularly puts audiences to sleep. And it’s traditional for the stateside movie-going habits to slip into something of a coma in the post-Thanksgiving lull.

More on Awake in a moment, but there was decent news for Disney princess comedy Enchanted, which managed to cling to the top of the charts, adding $17 million this week and seeing its royal coffers swell to $70.6 million. Also staying put was This Christmas, which nabbed $8.4 million for a running total of $36.9 million. Finally, Beowulf stayed in third, scraping up $7.8 million for a current haul of $68.6 million.

Slumbering into fourth, Awake could only rouse $6 million from audiences, despite the appeal of Jessica Alba in a variety of underwear. That meant that, remarkably, Hitman seemed able to hang on fairly decently – stronger than anticipated given the dodgy word of mouth – but still dropped 56% to take in $5.8 million in its second week.

Fred Claus and August Rush stayed exactly where they were in sixth and seventh respectively, with Claus taking home $5.5 million and Rush tuning up $5.1 million. At eighth, the Coen brothers’ gritty No Country For Old Men continued to win more fans despite showing in the smallest number of cinemas out of the entire top 10. It’s taken $23 million so far.

And so a voyage to the bottom of the charts, where we locate Bee Movie at ninth with $4.2 million and American Gangster bringing up the rear with $4.2 million.

 

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