I will keep it brief this week, as the box office took a break -- at least as far as new releases are concerned -- for the first weekend of the new year.

Marley & Me maintained its lead on Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories, despite the latter holding up a bit better. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button's staying power doesn't seem terribly impressive, as it took a tumble comparable to the other big Christmas releases. All else equal, it looks like it will end up at around $110 million. If it gets a slew of Oscar nominations on the 22nd, that could change things.

Slumdog Millionare didn't expand this weekend, but saw a 10% bump in ticket sales anyhow. That's because it's great and everyone loves it.

That's it. I said I'd keep it brief. Here's the full top 10:

1 - Marley & Me (Fox) - $24.05 ($6,862) - $106.51
2 - Bedtime Stories (Sony) - $20.32 ($5,515) - $85.35
3 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount) - $18.40 ($9.036) - $79.01
4 - Valkyrie (MGM/UA) - $14.04 ($5,055) - $60.69
5 - Yes Man (Warner Bros.) - $13.85 ($4,033) - $79.41
6 - Seven Pounds (Sony) - $10.00 ($3,626) - $60.04
7 - The Tale of Despereaux (Universal) - $7.02 ($2,271) - $43.74
8 - Doubt (Miramax) - $5.03 ($3,909) - $18.73
9 - The Day the Earth Stood Still (Fox) - $4.85 ($2,075) - $74.30
10 - Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight) - $4.77 ($7,794) - $28.78

Numbers courtesy of Box Office Mojo

Next week sees the first official 2009 releases: Bride Wars and the David S. Goyer horror film The Unborn go wide, while Not Easily Broken opens on 600 screens.