Dance drama Stomp The Yard raised its tally by an estimated $13.3m to $41.6m while $13m eased Night At The Museum to a superb $205.8m running total.
Paramount's Dreamgirls climbed one place to third after expanding on to 2,214 screens in the wake of its triple award Golden Globes glory. The musical added $8.7m for $78.1m and is well on its way towards $100m.
The only new release in the top 10 was the horror remake The Hitcher starring Sean Bean. The tale of a maniacal hitch-hiker, immortalized by Rutger Hauer's performance in the 1986 original, launched in fourth place on a disappointing $8.2m.
Pan's Labyrinth, released through Picturehouse in North America, climbed nine places to seventh on $4.7m for $10.2m after four weekends. Meanwhile The Queen reaped the rewards of its best actress and screenplay Golden Globes as it shot up 15 places to ninth on $3.7m for $35.9m after 17 weekends.
Babel, another Globes success story last week following its best drama award, ranks 12th on $24m after 12 weeks.
Overall box office for the top 12 films dropped 20% against the same period last year.
Estimated Top Ten North America Jan 19-21, 2006
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimated total to date
1 (1) Stomp The Yard (Screen Gems) SPRI $13.3m $41.6m
2 (2) Night At The Museum (Fox) Fox Int'l $13m $205.8m
3 (4) Dreamgirls (Paramount) PPI $8.7m $78.1m
4 (-) The Hitcher (Rogue) Focus Features International $8.2m -
5 (3) The Pursuit of Happyness (Sony) SPRI $6.7m $146.5m
6 (5) Freedom Writers (Paramount) PPI $5.6m $2.9m
7 (16) Pan's Labyrinth (Picturehouse) Wild Bunch $4.7m $10.2m
8 (7) Children Of Men (Universal) UPI $3.7m $27.5m
9 (24) The Queen (Miramax) Pathe $3.7m $35.9m
10 (9) Arthur And The Invisibles (TWC/MGM) EuropaCorp $3.1m $9.3m