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'Night at the Museum' attracts $15.3 mil at the box office on Friday

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In the battle between enchanted museums and explosive machines, museums attracted a larger crowd on Friday according to box-office estimates. The family comedy Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian claimed the No. 1 spot Friday, grossing $15.3 mil. Smithsonian‘s opening-day total was star Ben Stiller’s best live-action debut ever, and the movie surpassed the opening-day result of its predecessor, Night at the Museum, which opened to $12.1 million in December 2006. Closely behind Smithsonian was Terminator Salvation with $14.8 million. When combined with its $13.4 million take on Thursday, Terminator‘s two-day total stands at $28.2 million. The weekend’s other notable debut, the dancing-movie spoof Dance Flick, flipped into fifth place with just less than $4 million. Friday’s rankings are below, and be sure to check back here on both Sunday and Monday for additional updates and a full holiday weekend recap.

1. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian — $15.3 mil
2. Terminator Salvation — $14.8 mil
3. Angels and Demons — $6.1 mil
4. Star Trek — $5.8 mil
5. Dance Flick — $3.9 mil

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