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'National Treasure' Tops Box Office For Second Week

Nicolas Cage led the North American box office for a second weekend with his "National
Treasure" sequel, while the teen comedy "Juno" raced up the rankings despite playing in limited release.

According to studio estimates issued Sunday, Walt Disney Pictures' "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" sold $35.6 million worth of tickets in the three days beginning Dec. 28, taking its 12-day haul to $124.0 million. Cage stars as a treasure hunter who flies around the world trying to solve an ancient puzzle related to Lincoln's assassination.

The surprise smash "Alvin and the Chipmunks" moved up one place to No. 2 with $30.0 million, as the total for the 20th Century Fox kids movie about the helium-voiced critters rose to
$142.4 million after three weekends.

Former champ "I Am Legend" slipped one place to No. 3 with $27.5 million. Warner Bros.' Will Smith sci-fi thriller has earned $194.6 million, also after three weekends.

The political comedy "Charlie Wilson's War" held steady at No. 4 with $11.8 million, a 22 percent improvement on its modest debut last weekend. The 10-day haul for Universal
Pictures' Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts vehicle now stands at $34.5 million.

"Juno" jumped five places to No. 5 with $10.3 million, after tripling the number of theaters to 990. The Fox Searchlight comedy will expand to about 2,000 theaters next weekend. Its total, after four weekends, rose to $25.7 million.

Ellen Page, a 20-year-old Canadian actress, stars in the title role as a precocious schoolgirl who gets pregnant and decides to give the baby up for adoption. Critics have raved about the movie, and it has racked up key nominations for the Critics Choice and Golden Globe awards, making it an early favorite for Oscar consideration.

By contrast, the number of theaters for the others ranged from 3,832 for "National Treasure" to 2,575 for "Charlie Wilson.

Walt Disney Pictures is a unit of Walt Disney. Twentieth Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are units of News Corp . Warner Bros. Pictures is a unit of Time Warner. Universal Pictures is a unit of General Electric's NBC Universal.

Following are the top 10 films at the North American box office for the weekend beginning Dec. 28, led by "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," according to studio estimates compiled Sunday by Reuters.

1 (1) National Treasure: Book of Secrets . $ 35.6 million
2 (3) Alvin and the Chipmunks ............ $ 30.0 million
3 (2) I Am Legend ........................ $ 27.5 million
4 (4) Charlie Wilson's War ............... $ 11.8 million
5(10) Juno ............................... $ 10.3 million
6 (+) Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem ....... $ 10.1 million
7 (+) The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep $ 9.2 million
8 (6) P.S. I Love You .................... $ 9.1 million
9 (5) Sweeney Todd ....................... $ 8.0 million
10 (7) Enchanted .......................... $ 6.5 million

NOTE: Last weekend's rankings in parentheses, + denotes new
release. "Aliens vs. Predator" and "The Water Horse: Legend of
the Deep" opened Tuesday.

TOTALS TO DATE
I Am Legend ......................... $194.6 million
Alvin and the Chipmunks ............. $142.4 million
National Treasure: Book of Secrets .. $124.0 million
Enchanted ........................... $110.7 million
Charlie Wilson's War ................ $ 34.5 million
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem ........ $ 26.9 million
Sweeney Todd ........................ $ 26.7 million
Juno ................................ $ 25.7 million
P.S. I Love You ..................... $ 23.4 million
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep . $ 16.8 million

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