Although Hannah Montana The Movie opened on Friday with $17.44 million, it earned just $4.46 million on Easter Sunday, a day when families are usually expected to turn up at theaters en masse. The disappointing Sunday turnout caused a significant revision of the weekend total. While Disney had estimated that Hannah would take in $34 million in its three-day debut, final figures released by Media by Numbers indicated that it had actually made $32.3 million. Most other films in the top ten also opened below their earlier estimates. Universal's Fast & Furious , which the studio figured would make $28.8 million, wound up with $27.2 million. And No. 3 Monsters vs. Aliens , which was supposed to bring in $22.6 million, ended up with $21.8 million. No matter. The top 12 films grossed $125.76 million over the weekend versus $80.83 million for the comparable week a year ago, an increase of 55.59 percent. For the year, total revenue is up 16.32 percent, while attendance is up 14.57 percent.

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. Hannah Montana The Movie , Disney, $32,324,487, (New); 2. Fast & Furious , Universal, $27,237,905, 2 Wks. ($116,497,095); 3. Monsters vs. Aliens , Paramount/DreamWorks Animation, $21,812,253, 3 Wks. ($140,203,799); 4. Observe and Report , Warner Bros., $11,017,334, (New); 5. Knowing , Summit Ent. $6,433,433, 4 Wks. ($67,769,550); 6. I Love You, Man , Paramount, $6,280,790, 4 Wks. ($58,865,219); 7. The Haunting in Connecticut, Lionsgate, $5,901,215, 3 Wks. ($46,488,580); 8. Dragonball Evolution, 20th Century Fox, $4,756,488, (New); 9. Adventureland, Miramax, $3,353,618, 2 Wks. ($11,370,909); 10. Duplicity , Universal, $2,995,850, 4 Wks. ($36,847,445).

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