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Harry Potter Is No Match For James Bond

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS' hold on the top spot was again short lived, as the sequel dropped to third and Bond was back on top in this weekend's box office. Despite losing over 50% of its audience since last weekend, DIE ANOTHER DAY, with visual effects by Cinesite, regained its number one place, earning $12.8M for a three week total of $120.2M. In second place was the lackluster comedy ANALYZE THAT, with an $11M debut. Third place honors went to last week's number one film HARRY POTTER, with primary visual effects by ILM, which took in $10M this weekend. The fantasy flick has earned a magical $213.9M since its November 15 debut. Disney has already claimed a loss on its widely released but not widely viewed animated feature TREASURE PLANET, which slipped a notch to fifth place its second weekend out. Taking in just $5.5M, the outer-space adventure has earned a paltry $23.6M to date. However, Disney's other holiday family film, THE SANTA CLAUSE 2, featuring visual effects by GVFX and Tippet Studios, is still performing well at the box office, earning $5.3M this weekend for a total of $120.1M and sixth place. This doesn't seem to be the season for animated features, as Adam Sandler's EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS faltered in its second week out. The animated feature from Meatball Animation, dropped to seventh and earned $4.8M for a cume of $20M. DreamWorks' THE RING is still thrilling audiences, after staying in the top ten for eight straight weeks. The horror flick, with visual effects by Method Studios, Rhythm & Hues, Asylum and Tippett Studios, took in $2.5M and has earned $123.3M to date. Steven Soderberg's SOLARIS, with visual effects by Cinesite, is sinking fast. Dropping out of the top ten in its second week, the sci-fi drama crashed into eleventh place with $2.4M and $13.2M total for a dismal $978 per screen average. Box office information obtained from yahoo.com and boxofficemojo.com.

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