Weekend Box Office: Let the Chihuahuas Reign!

Weekend Change from
Last Weekend
1. Beverly Hills Chihuahua
$29 million N/A $29 million
2. Eagle Eye
$17.7 million -39.3% $54.6 million
3. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
$12 million N/A $12 million
4. Nights in Rodanthe
$7.4 million
-45.2% $25 million
5. Appaloosa $5 million +3,321% $5.5 million
6. Lakeview Terrace $4.5 million -35.4% $32.1 million
7. Burn After Reading
$4.1 million -34.1% $51.6 million
8. Fireproof $4.1 million -40.5% $12.5 million
9. An American Carol
$3.8 million N/A $3.8 million
10. Religulous $3.5 million N/A $3.5 million

Beverly Hills Chihuahua, the kids film featuring talking dogs, overshot expectations to take the weekend by a fair margin.  The film also received better reviews than one would expect given the sillier than silly premise.  Eagle Eye stayed strong in the number two slot, making Shia's star all the more real.  Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist made a respectable opening week showing, appealing to the younger, music-friendly crowd.  The weepfest for the older set Nights in Rodanthe lost almost half of its audience in week two, disappointing WB in the process.

Ed Harris's western Appaloosa performed above expectations in its first weekend in wide release, and should continue to improve as its amount of theaters expands.  Lakeview Terrace stayed in the top ten in its third week, remaining one of the fall's sneaky successes.  Burn After Reading continues to be a nice little feather in the Coen Brothers hat.  And Fireproof, the Christian-themed movie that most Americans have never heard of keeps on putting up big numbers in a small amount of theaters.

The two controversial films of the week - An American Carol (a satire aimed at liberals) and Religulous (Bill Maher's attack on religion) - rounded out the top ten.  Both performed high above expectations, gaining huge numbers for the small amount of theaters they appeared in. 

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
Source: Box Office Mojo