Twentieth Century Fox's sci-fi remake The Day The Earth Stood Still stormed to the top of the charts on an estimated $31m at the weekend to give Keanu Reeves his first number one launch since The Matrix Revolutions five years ago.

Reeves stars as an alien who comes to Earth to trigger a plan that could wipe out the human race.

New Line's comedy Four Christmases, released through Warner Bros, fell to second place in its third weekend and held well on $13.2m for $87.9m. Meanwhile Summit Entertainment's Twilight crossed $150m as $8m raised the tally to $150.1m. The vampire smash has grossed more than $200m worldwide.

Rounding out the top five were Buena Vista's animated feature Bolt in fourth place on $88.9m after four and Fox's Australia in fifth on a disappointing $37.9m after three.

Overture Films' Latino comedy Nothing Like The Holidays opened in seventh place on $3.5m and stars John Leguizamo, Alfred Molina, Freddy Rodriguez and Debra Messing.

In the limited arena, four arthouse titles entered the market with excellent per-theatre averages. Miramax released Doubt starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman in 19th place on $525,000 from 15 for a $35,000 per-theatre average. Warner Bros released Clint Eastwood's drama Gran Torino to great effect in 20th place, grossing $284,000 from six for the highest per-theatre average of the weekend on $47,333.

The Weinstein Company's drama The Reader starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes opened in 24th place on $170,000 from eight for a $21.250 average. TWC sources said the company would expand the Holocaust-themed drama on Christmas Day. IFC launched Che, Steven Soderbergh's two-part Che Guevara film, on $60,100 from two theatres for a $30,050 average.

Next weekend's wide releases are: Sony's drama Seven Pounds starring Will Smith; Universal's animated feature The Tale Of Despereaux; and Warner Bros' Jim Carrey comedy The Yes Man.

Estimated Top 10 North America Dec 12-14, 2008
Film (Dist)/Int'l dist/Est wkd gross/Est total to date

1 (-) The Day The Earth Stood Still (Fox) Fox Int'l $31m -
2 (1) Four Christmases (Warner Bros) NLI $13.3m $87.9m
3 (2) Twilight (Summit Ent) Summit Int'l $8m $150.1m
4 (3) Bolt (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $7.5m $88.9m
5 (4) Australia (Fox) Fox Int'l $4.3m $37.9m
6 (5) Quantum Of Solace (Sony/MGM) SPRI $3.8m $157.7m
7 (-) Nothing Like The Holidays (Overture) Paramount Vantage Int'l $3.5m -
8 (6) Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (DreamWorks-Paramount) PPI $3.3m $170m
9 (11) Milk (Focus Features) Focus Features Int'l $2.6m $7.6m
10 (7) Transporter 3 (Lionsgate) Europa Corp $2.3m $29.3m