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High School Musical Tops Box Office

Box Office: High School Musical Dances to No. 1

We knew High School Musical was a huge television hit but now it's a bona fide silver screen success. The third installment of the perky Disney musical bonanza scored the top spot at the box office over the weekend, earning an estimated $42 million.

Meanwhile, Saw V did excellent business over the weekend as well, earning an estimated $30.5 million in the No. 2 spot. Variety notes that both titles were record breakers:

The top two films each entered record territory. Disney’s High School is by far the biggest musical bow ever, besting Mamma Mia! Lionsgate’s Saw franchise is within $2 million of eclipsing Friday the 13th to become the top-grossing horror series ever.

Max Payne and Beverly Hills Chihuahua came in at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively, with the top five being rounded out by the Ed Norton cop thriller Pride & Glory.

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simplysteen simplysteen 8 years
I'm excited to go see it, so many people have said such great things, I will definitely be hitting the theaters sometime soon!
siguros siguros 8 years
I watched it with my brother and sister and it gave me goose bumps! Besides the dancing and wonderful singing... Zac Efron is sooooooo sexy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3
siguros siguros 8 years
I watched it with my brother and sister and it gave me goose bumps! Besides the dancing and wonderful singing... Zac Efron is sooooooo sexy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i'm kind of surprised that there were 2 movies that did so well this weekend, but i guess since there really haven't been any AMAZING ones in the theaters recently - it makes sense that people went out this weekend. too bad that neither of those movies interested me...but i guess i can't have something good to see each week.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 8 years
My 12 yr. old daughter loved HSM3. I thought it could have been worse and had a good message for girls re: Gabriella putting education first and Troy pursuing her and not the other way around. I liked talking to my daughter about that afterward.
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