The box office did less than half the business last weekend that it did the previous weekend during the Thanksgiving holiday. Still, the top 12 films' gross was 5.30 percent above that for the comparable weekend a year ago, according to box-office trackers Media by Numbers. The leader was Warner Bros.' Four Christmases , which stayed on top for the second week in a row. Summit Entertainment's Twilight also performed strongly, earning $13.05 million. But Disney's Bolt, which many analysts expected would show strong legs, fell 63 percent to $9.80 million, to place third. The only new film to open wide, Punisher War Zone , was a major casualty of the traditional post-Thanksgiving downturn, placing eighth with $4.67 million.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. Four Christmases , Warner Bros., $16,755,478, 2 Wks. ($69,418,170); 2. Twilight, Summit Entertainment, $13,046,722, 3 Wks. ($138,402,068); 3. Bolt, Disney, $9,796,149, 3 Wks. ($79,381,422); 4. Australia, Fox, $7,050,261, 21 Wks. ($30,919,097); 5 . Quantum of Solace , Sony/MGM, $6,752,390, 4 Wks. ($151,620,134); 6. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa, Paramount, $5,079,120, 5 Wks. ($165,653,852); 7 . Transporter 3, Lionsgate, $4,668,898, 2 Wks. ($25,549,454); 8 . Punisher War Zone , Lionsgate, $4,271,451, (New); 9 . Cadillac Records, Sony/Tri-Star, $3,445,559, (New); 10 . Role Models , Universal, $2,574,460, 5 Wks. ($61,617,805).

09/12/2008