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Cloverfield tears into January box office for Paramount

Paramount's monster movie Cloverfield delivered the first domestic hit launch of 2008 as it smashed through the competition to open top on an estimated $41m.The film, a Blair Witch-style first-person POV account of a monster attack on New York that was produced by JJ Abrams and directed by Matt Reeves, took nearly twice as much as Fox's new romantic comedy 27 Dresses.

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