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“It’s been tough marketplace for wide releases. The newcomers are being met with some indifference,” he said. “The audience was obviously a family audience that took over the multiplex this weekend.”


Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “The Lion King 3D,” $29.3 million. ($700,000 international.)

2. “Contagion,” $14.5 million. ($1.3 million international.)

3. “Drive,” $11 million.

4. “The Help,” $6.4 million. ($1.1 million international.)

5. “Straw Dogs,” $5 million.

6. “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” $4.5 million. ($800,000 international.)

7. “The Debt,” $2.9 million. ($1 million international.)

8. “Warrior,” $2.8 million. ($400,000 international.)

9. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” $2.6 million.

10. “Colombiana,” $2.3 million.


Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak:

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