The number two flick, 27 Dresses, doled out a generous helping of Katherine Heigl and collected $7,650,000.
Alvin and the Chipmunks remains in the Top Ten with $1.5 million and $191 million total
And Veggie Tales' Pirates AWho Don't Know Anything remains still-born with $5.4 million (at #16).
Update: Video cams and monsters from outer space rule! Cloverfield collects a small ransom to break a box office record:
Paramount's modestly budgeted and stealthily marketed monster film "Cloverfield" opened monstrously indeed, with an estimated $41 million over its first three days, blowing away the weekend record for the long Martin Luther King holiday frame.
Similarly cashing in on what's become a key winter boxoffice session for the industry, Fox's wedding-themed romantic comedy "27 Dresses" put $22.4 million into its gift purse, bowing in second place ...
The newbies placed one and two, but the hold-overs did pretty well.
The ever-amazing Alvin collects another $7 million and is now within spitting distance of $200 million.
The Pirates Who are Thinking About It (#13) now totals $7,700,000.