i>JUNO WINDS UP IN SECOND PLACE

The critically acclaimed indie comedy Juno rocketed up the box-office chart to place second over the weekend, according to final figures released Monday by Media by Numbers. Although weekend studio estimates showed Warner Bros.' I Am Legend taking second place, official results showed Juno at No. 2 with $15.9 million and Legend at No. 3 with $15.7 million. Disney's National Treasure: Book of Secrets remained at the top of the list with $20 million.The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):

1. National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Disney, $20,062,684, 3 Wks. ($170,870,795); 2. Juno, Fox Searchlight, $15,860,744, 5 Wks. ($51667586); 3. I Am Legend, Warner Bros., $15,717,458, 4 Wks. ($228,055,662); 4. Alvin and the Chipmunks, 20th Century Fox, $15,546,125, 4 Wks. ($176,283,861); 5. One Missed Call, Warner Bros., $12,511,473, (New); 6. Charlie Wilson's War, Universal, $8,106,250, 3 Wks. ($52,552,540); 7. P.S. I Love You, Warner Bros., $7,834,467, 3 Wks. ($39,202,724); 8. The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, Sony, $6,230,489, 2 Wks. ($30,823,470); 9. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, DreamWorks/Warner Bros., $5,536,538, 3 Wks. ($38,608,100); 10. Atonement, Focus Features, $5,064,577, 5 Wks. ($19,155,607).

PARAMOUNT MAKES LAST-DITCH HD DVD STAND

Paramount sent out mixed signals at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Monday about whether it will abandon the HD DVD format. Following word that Warner Bros. now intends to release high-definition movies exclusively in the Blu-ray format and a report in the London Financial Times that Paramount would make a switch to Blu-ray, the Viacom-owned studio issued a statement saying, "We are still supporting HD DVD." A short time later, however, it said that, unlike its competitors, it would not be making any announcements of future HD DVD releases at the show. In its report about Paramount's reported plans, the Financial Times observed, "Paramount joining the Blu-ray camp would leave HD DVD likely to suffer the same fate as Sony's now obsolete Betamax video technology, which lost out to VHS in a similar format war in the 1980s."

NBC PUTTING A NEW SPIN ON THE GLOBES

The gala ceremony that usually attends the Golden Globes awards announcements will be converted into a news conference this year, NBC announced Monday. With members of the Screen Actors Guild being urged by union leaders not to cross Writers Guild of America picket lines at the awards telecast, the network, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and Dick Clark Productions decided to pull the red carpet out from under the telecast, so to speak. The WGA, suspecting that Sunday's news conference was a ploy to entice nominees to be on hand, said that it will go ahead with its plans to picket the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the announcements of the winners will take place. NBC itself seemed to indicate that the news conference will be something other than the usual sort when it barred competing networks from covering it. Daily Variety, citing figures from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.,said today (Tuesday) that the Golden Globes cancellation could cost the local economy upwards of $80 million. Beyond the direct losses are the intangible ones, the trade publication observed, including the loss of national publicity for the movies and TV shows that receive the awards.

NO COUNTRY WINS AGAIN

The Coen Bros.' No Country for Old Men collected yet another best picture award Monday -- this one from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. At the group's 13th annual Critics' Choice Awards Monday night, No Country also picked up awards for best director (Joel and Ethan Coen) and supporting actor (Javier Bardem). The group's trophy for best actor went to Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood. Julie Christie won the best actress award for Away From Her. Amy Ryan won for best supporting actress for Gone Baby Gone.

Brian B.