The pack is back. Warner Bros. Pictures' Ocean's Twelve, a suave A-list ensemble action-heist comedy, hit the boxoffice beach with an impressive estimate of $40.9 million on its debut and easily slipped into the top spot. The Steven Soderbergh-helmed Ocean's Eleven sequel, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Matt Damon, had the biggest December opening of all time with the exception of the three Lord of the Rings pictures from New Line Cinema. It also bettered the $38.1 million that "Eleven" palmed on its debut.

Speaking of New Line, the distributor's Blade: Trinity, which stars Wesley Snipes as the half-vampire protagonist, opened in the second spot with an estimated $16.1 million, collecting about $24.6 million since its debut Wednesday. The bow of the third film in the Blade franchise, directed by David S. Goyer, wasn't quite as sharp as Blade 2, which opened to $32.5 million. But a Wednesday opening can soften a weekend's impact at the boxoffice as it tends to siphon off some of the early fervent business.

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