Earth Tops Box Office as Specialty Flicks Shine

Golden Globe nominations give specialty flicks a boost
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2008 5:41 PM CST
In this image released by Focus Features, Sean Penn portrays gay rights activist Harvey Milk in a scene from in a scene from "Milk."    (AP Photo/Focus Features)
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(Newser) The Day the Earth Stood Still pulled in $31 million and topped the box office this weekend, but specialty films drew bigger buzz, Variety reports. Benefiting from Golden Globe noms, Milk cracked the top ten with $2.6 million and Slumdog Millionaire banked $2.2 million. Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino made $284,000 in only six theaters—a per-screen weekend high—and Doubt grossed $525,000 at 15 locations.

Filling out the top five behind The Day the Earth Stood Still were: Four Christmases ($13.3 million), Twilight ($8 million), Bolt ($7.5 million), and Australia ($4.3 million), the AP reports.