Weekend Box Office

1) High School Musical 3: Senior Year $15 million.

2) Zack and Miri Make a Porno $10.6 million.

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3) Saw V $10.1 million

4) Changeling $9.4 million.

5) The Haunting of Molly Hartley $6 million.

6) Beverly Hills Chihuahua $4.7 million.

7) The Secret Life of Bees $4 million.

8) Max Payne $3.7 million.

9) Eagle Eye $3.4 million.

10) Pride and Glory $3.2 million.

Saw V finally saw its way to the number one spot on the box office charts this past Friday, when the horror sequel topped all others to become the king of Halloween. But it wasn't able to secure that steady footing throughout the rest of the weekend, as Disney's High School Musical 3: Senior Year become the obvious weekend champ with $15 million. Kevin Smith's latest comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno didn't provided enough power to topple the Zac Efron juggernaught still going strong in its second weekend, but he did manage to fight off the notorious Jigsaw killer with $10.6 million in second place. Saw V's brutal antics were close behind though, as this fifth installment of the popular franchise managed to pull in a healthy second weekend take of $10.1 million.

This weekend's only other new major release was the ghost themed The Haunting of Molly Hartley, which took in $6 million for fifth place. It was beat back by Clint Eastwood's Changeling, which earned an estimated $9.4 million in its second week of release. The drama, starring Angelina Jolie, opened wide in 1,850 theaters.

In a surprise twist of Halloween fate, the film with the strongest per screen average was Bruce Campbell's My Name Is Bruce, which stomped the competition with $18,800 playing just three showings in one theater. If given the 3,646 screens that belonged to the number one champ High School Musical 3: Senior Year, the film could have pulled in a potential $68 million to become one of the biggest surprise hits of the fall.

Next weekend is anybody's guess as a whole bunch of films see release. Coming up on November 7th is the animated sequel Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, the David Wain comedy Role Models, Bernie Mac's last film Soul Men, and Darren Lynn Bousman's horror musical {FICSPKCFyrf5GF. Sounds like a little something for everyone.

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