Smith Is Box Office Legend

Pic banks top December gross of all time; Chipmunks also wows
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 16, 2007 3:03 PM CST
This undated photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox shows characters Theodore, left, Alvin, center, and Simon, right, along with manager/songwriter Dave Seville, played by Jason Lee, background, in a...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) I Am Legend rocked the box office for $76.5 million this weekend, the highest gross for a December pic ever, Variety reports. Twentieth Century Fox also surprised with Alvin and the Chipmunks, which scored $45 million, second ever for G- or PG-rated December debuts. Together they boosted a sluggish box office with a 37% spike over this weekend last year.

Filling out the top five were New Line's The Golden Compass, which fell 65% from last week to bank $9 million; Disney's Enchanted, which dropped 44% and earned $6 million; and No Country for Old Men, which jumped up to fifth spot with $3 million, a 27% dip.