Monsters vs. Aliens reanimated the box office over the weekend. After three down weeks, the 3D animated feature helped push total revenue up 54 percent above the same weekend a year ago, as its $59.3 million take accounted for 46 percent of the total weekend gross. It was the best opening for any film thus far this year, helped in great measure by the premium charged for 3D films, according to box-office trackers Media by Numbers. ($33.2 million -- or 56 percent -- came from 3D screens that represented 28 percent of the 4,000 theaters showing the movie.) Opening in second place was the horror tale The Haunting in Connecticut , which took in a better-than-expected $23 million. A third newcomer, 12 Rounds , however, was down for the count with just $5.3 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. Monsters vs. Aliens , Paramount/DreamWorks Animation, $59,321,095, (New); 2 . The Haunting in Connecticut , Lionsgate, $23,004,765, (New); 3. Knowing , Summit Ent. $14,702,187, 2 Wks. ($46,217,199); 4. I Love You , Man, Paramount, $12,671,533, 2 Wks. ($37,078,306); 5. Duplicity , Universal, $7,672,485, 2 Wks. ($25,754,865); 6. Race to Witch Mountain , Disney, $5,801,775, 3 Wks. ($53,459,752); 7. 12 Rounds , Fox, $5,329,240, (New); 8. Watchmen , Warner Bros, $2,732,439, 4 Wks. ($103,273,462); 9. Taken , Fox, $2,695,342, 9 Wks. ($137,068,886); 10. The Last House on the Left , Universal, $2,644,295, 3 Wks. ($28,492,330).

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