Buena Vista's NationalTreasure stayed top of the chartsfor the third consecutive weekend as it breezed past $100m, whileRevolution/Sony's Christmas With The Kranks climbed to second place to bear down on $50m aftertwo weekends.
National Treasure added an estimated $17.1m for $110.2m and it is setto overtake 1996's The Rock on$134m to become Nicolas Cage's biggest ever release.
Sony's drama Closer, enjoyed a superb limited opening in sixth place on$7.7m, while Alexander plummetedto just $4.7m in its second weekend and looks to be on its way out of the top10 after only two weekends. Warner Bros expects it to finish on around $40m atthe domestic box office.
Christmas With The Kranksadded $11.7m for $45.5m, one placeahead of Warner Bros' The Polar Express in third, which added $11m for $96.4min its fourth weekend. Pixar/Disney's The Incredibles fell two to fourth on $9.2m for $226m in its fifthweekend.
Opening to broadly strong reviews,Closer averaged $16,176 averageon 476 screens. Mike Nichols directed this adaptation of Patrick Marber's darkrelationship drama, which stars Clive Owen, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts andJude Law.
Sony is expected to expand Closerinto a further 150 screens nextweekend and will hope to build on strong world of mouth and critics' awards asthe picture plays out.
Elsewhere, Miramax's FindingNeverland stayed in eighth on $2.9mfor $11.7m after its fourth weekend, Universal's Bridget Jones: The Edge OfReason fell two to ninth on $2.8mfor $36.3m in its fourth weekend, and stablemate Ray dropped one place to 10th on $1.9m for $67.8m afterits sixth weekend.
Overall the top 12 picturescombined for a lowly $80m weekend gross, roughly 47% less than last weekend and10% less than the same period last year.
Estimated TopTen US Dec 3-52004
Film(Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimatedtotal to date
1 (1) National Treasure (Buena Vista) BVI $17.1m $110.2m
2 (3) Christmas With TheKranks (Revolution/Sony) SPRI $11.7m$45.5m
3 (4) The Polar Express (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Intl $11m $96.4m
4 (2) The Incredibles (Pixar/Disney) BVI $9.2m $226m
5 (5) The SpongeBobSquarePants Movie (Paramount) UIP$7.8m $68.4m
6 (-) Closer (Sony) SPRI $7.7m -
7 (6) Alexander (Warner Bros) Intermedia/Summit $4.7m $29.7m
8 (8) Finding Neverland (Miramax) Miramax International $2.9m $11.7m
9 (7) Bridget Jones: TheEdge Of Reason (Universal) UIP $2.8m$36.3m
10 (9) Ray (Universal) UIP $1.9m $67.8m