Two halfway-decent newcomers languished in third and fourth, though I would think that both My Bloody Valentine and Notorious are happy with their circa-$24 million 4-day bows. Notorious, in particular, opened on just over 1,600 screens, giving it the best per-screen average on the chart. Hotel for Dogs landed just below the two with $22.5 million -- also pretty good for a fairly anonymous little family film opening against a higher-profile family film.
As a footnote, $19.7 million of My Bloody Valentine's $24.24 million came from its pricier 3-D playdates, showing that 3-D is a considerable draw (and perhaps also that filmgoers are savvy to the fact that these films play in 3-D in some theaters and in 2-D in others).
Defiance expanded into wide release, ending up with a $10.7 million holiday weekend, which seems roughly commensurate with its failed Oscar hopes. Gran Torino and Slumdog Millionare both held up well, with the latter actually seeing a gain compared to last weekend, even if you don't count Monday (and even though its screen count dropped slightly).
The full 4-day top 10 after the jump.
1 - Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Sony) - $39.00 ($12,405) - $39.00
2 - Gran Torino (Warner Bros.) - $26.22 ($8,821) - $77.21
3 - My Bloody Valentine (Lionsgate) - $24.24 ($9,566) - $24.24
4 - Notorious (Fox Searchlight) - $24.00 ($14,652) - $24.00
5 - Hotel for Dogs (Dreamworks) - $22.50 ($6,879) - $22.50
6 - Bride Wars (Fox) - $14.03 ($4,345) - $39.85
7 - The Unborn (Universal) - $10.99 ($4,660) - $34.23
8 - Defiance (Paramount Vantage) - $10.70 ($5,981) - $11.04
9 - Marley & Me (Fox) - $7.45 ($2,524) - $133.86
10 - Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight) - $7.15 ($12,285) - $43.99
See more at Box Office Mojo.
Next weekend looks rather crowded, with two substantial players entering the market in wide release (Inkheart and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), The Dark Knight getting a 250-screen rerelease, and Slumdog Millionaire, The Wrestler, Frost/Nixon and Revolutionary Road all expanding.