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December 27, 2007 02:44 AM EST | AP


LOS ANGELES — Santa was good to Hollywood over the Christmas holiday, delivering hearty box-office returns more than 34 percent higher than the same weekend last year.

The action-adventure tale "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" pulled in $65.4 million over the five-day holiday weekend. The Will Smith sci-fi flick "I Am Legend" dropped to second place with a $47.6 million holiday-weekend take. The animated "Alvin and the Chipmunks" finished third with $38.6 million.

Five films opened Christmas Day. "Alien vs. Predator: Requiem" collected $9.5 million; "The Great Debaters" brought in $3.6 million; "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" took in $2.4 million. "The Bucket List" opened on 16 screens and collected $161,840 at the box office, while the French film "Persepolis" opened on seven screens and brought in $37,118 in ticket sales.

Movies brought in a total of $160 million Friday through Sunday, compared to about $119 million for the same period last Christmas weekend.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Tuesday, followed by distribution studio, five-day gross through Tuesday, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross through Tuesday and number of weeks in release, as compiled by Media By Numbers LLC are:

1. "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," Disney, $65,444,195, 3,832 locations, $17,078 average, $65,444,195, one week.

2. "I Am Legend," Warner Bros., $47,685,378, 3,620 locations, $13,173 average, $150,950,671, two weeks.

3. "Alvin and the Chipmunks," Fox, $38,609,310, 3,499 locations, $11,034 average, $94,476,107, two weeks.

4. "Charlie Wilson's War," Universal, $15,952,430, 2,575 locations, $6,195 average, $15,952,430, one week.

5. "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," Dreamworks/Paramount, $13,635,390, 1,249 locations, $10,917 average, $13,635,390, one week.

6. "P.S. I Love You," Warner Bros., $10,048,349, 2,454 locations, $4,095 average, $10,048,349, one week.

7. "Alien vs. Predator: Requiem," Fox, $9,515,615, 2,563 locations, $3,713 average, $9,515,615, one week.

8. "The Golden Compass," New Line, $6,931,000, 2,953 locations, $2,347 average, $51,379,000, three weeks.

9. "Juno," Fox Searchlight, $6,817,494, 305 locations, $22,352 average, $9,802,170, three weeks.

10. "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," Sony/Columbia, $6,257,174, 2,650 locations, $2,361 average, $6,257,174, one week.

11. "Enchanted," Disney, $6,235,069, 2,752 locations, $2,266 average, $100,433,462, five weeks.

12. "The Great Debaters," MGM, $3,604,000, 1,164 locations, $3,096 average, $3,604,000, one week.

13. "Atonement," Focus, $2,900,722, 297 locations, $9,767 average, $6,713,097, three weeks.

14. "No Country for Old Men," Miramax, $2,776,355, 1,222 locations, $2,272 average, $37,794,134, seven weeks.

15. "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep," Sony, $2,385,644, 2,772 locations, $861 average, $2,385,644, one week.

16. "The Kite Runner," Paramount Classics/Dreamworks, $1,957,563, 377 locations, $5,192 average, $2,658,448, two weeks.

17. "The Perfect Holiday," Yari Film Group, $1,344,741, 1,247 locations, $1,078 average, $4,865,959, two weeks.

18. "This Christmas," Sony Screen Gems, $1,338,517, 879 locations, $1,523 average, $48,152,367, five weeks.

19. "Fred Claus," Warner Bros., $1,195,236, 1,155 locations, $1,035 average, $70,976,126, seven weeks.

20. "August Rush," Warner Bros., $647,495, 701 locations, $924 average, $29,669,062, five weeks.

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Universal Pictures and Focus Features are owned by NBC Universal, a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Vivendi Universal; Sony Pictures, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; DreamWorks, Paramount and Paramount Classics are divisions of Viacom Inc.; Disney's parent is The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is a division of The Walt Disney Co.; 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox Atomic are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros., New Line, Warner Independent and Picturehouse are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a consortium of Providence Equity Partners, Texas Pacific Group, Sony Corp., Comcast Corp., DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and Quadrangle Group; Lionsgate is owned by Lionsgate Entertainment Corp.; IFC Films is owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corp.