Cloverfield Crushes Box Office

Low-budget monster pic smashes holiday weekend records
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2008 6:15 PM CST
American actors Jack Nicholson, left, and Morgan Freeman pose for photographers at the premiere of their film "The Bucket List" in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) Cloverfield stomped box-office records by banking an anticipated $50 million through the holiday weekend, the Los Angeles Times reports. Shining reviews and an online viral campaign drew more older fans than expected—45% were over age 25—as the low-budget monster pic smashed January and MLK holiday debuts.

27 Dresses glammed up second spot with $27 million as The Bucket List tipped from top to third with a weekend total of $18 million. Female crime pic Mad Money, the only other opener, scored $7.7 million over the weekend's first three days, Variety reports.