The Disney comedy about a pampered talking dog beat back a lot of competition to hold onto the number one spot at the box office. “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” woofed up an estimated $17.5 million over the weekend to remain the top film in the U.S. In two weeks, the doggie comedy has earned around $52.5 million.
There is speculation that after the ghastly week of bad economic news and the Wall Street meltdown, movegoers were looking to escape by seeking out light entertainment.
In second place the fright film, “Quarantine,” which debuted with $14.2 million. The new terrorist spy thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, “Body of Lies,” only managed about $13 million.
The thriller “Eagle Eye” took fourth with $11 million followed by the teen flick “Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist” with about $6.5 million, which rounds out the top five.
Today’s Columbus Day, a holiday for some, so the box office could get pumped up with more dollars from moviegoers than expected for a normal Monday.