Paul Blart wins the US box office top spot

My Bloody Valentine stabs third place

This last weekend was the Martin Luther King holiday in America, which means an extra day of takings for films. And what better way to celebrate civil rights than with… a Kevin James comedy? About a mall cop?

Yes, Paul Blart: Mall Cop ushered in a record MLK day taking with $39 million earned. That shoved Clint’s Gran Torino down to second place for $26 million and My Bloody Valentine had to settle for third place – but it was still a success, thanks to higher 3D ticket prices. It took $24.2 million.

Rap biopic Notorious arrived in fourth with $24 million and, rounding out the top five, kids’ comedy Hotel For Dogs nabbed $22 million in its first weekend.

All in all, a hugely successful weekend for the US box office – and a much needed boost for the industry in these dodgy economical times. Here’s the top 10:

  1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop ($39 million)
  2. Gran Torino ($26 million)
  3. My Bloody Valentine 3D ($24.2 million)
  4. Notorious ($24 million)
  5. Hotel For Dogs ($22 million)
  6. Bride Wars ($14 million)
  7. The Unborn ($10.9 million)
  8. Defiance ($10.7 million)
  9. Marley And Me ($7.4 million)
  10. Slumdog Millionaire ($7.1 million)

[Data Source: Box Office Mojo]

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