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