The weekend haul raised the tearjerker's running total after three weekends to $20.9m and demonstrated the power of older demographics as a ticket buying force.
Screen Gems' crime caper First Sunday with Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan launched close behind in second place on $19m, while Fox Searchlight's great success story Juno ranked third on $14m and stands at $71.3m after six weekends.
Juno is a day away from crossing the $71.5m mark set by 2004's Sideways, which will make it Searchlight's biggest release ever. The comedy stands a strong chance of crossing $100m and executives will be anticipating boosted revenue in the weeks to come from possible wins in tonight's 65th Golden Globes ceremony and likely Oscar nominations on Jan 22.
Warner Bros' I Am Legend ranked sixth and added $8.1m in the fifth weekend for $240.2m. Universal launched the family animation The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything in ninth place on $4.4m.
Turning to the awards season contenders, Atonement added $4.3m for $25.2m for Focus Features in its sixth weekend and held firm in 10th place. meanwhile No Country For Old Men ranked 21st after 10 weekends and has become the Coen Brothers' biggest film after it reached $46.8m and overtook $45.5m set by the previous record holder O Brother, Where Art Thou'
The Miramax-Paramount Vantage co-production was released last November. 'To have this level of box office is a major achievement for an independent film and is a testament to the sustained support No Country has had from critics and audiences alike since day one,'
Miramax president Daniel Battsek said. 'Having worked with Joel and Ethan on their first theatrical feature Blood Simple, I am personally particularly proud to have a hand in reaching this milestone.' The film will expand further on Jan 18.
Paramount Vantage's There Will Be Blood continued to play well in limited release as it added $2m from 129 theatres to stand at $4.4m.
Uwe Boll's fantasy yarn In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale opened in 14th place through Freestyle Releasing on $3.3m. Jason Statham stars as a farmer who battles an evil race led by Ray Liotta.
Estimated Top 10 North America Jan 11-13, 2007
Film (Dist)/Int'l dist/Est wkd gross/Est total to date
1 (23) The Bucket List (Warner Bros) WBPI $19.5m $20.9m
2 (-) First Sunday (Screen Gems) SPRI $19m -
3 (2) Juno (Fox Searchlight) Fox Int'l $14m $71.3m
4 (1) National Treasure: Book Of Secrets (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $11.5m $187.3m
5 (4) Alvin And The Chipmunks (Fox) Fox Int'l $9.1m $187.7m
6 (3) I Am Legend (Warner Bros) WBPI $8.1m $240.2m
7 (5) One Missed Call (Warner Bros) WBPI $6.1m $20.6m
8 (7) P.S. I Love You (Warner Bros) Summit $5m $47m
9 (-) The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything (Universal) UPI $4.4m -
10 10 Atonement (Focus Features) UPI $4.3m $25.2m