March 28, 2009 at 09:27 PM EDT

DreamWorks Animation’s 3-D extravaganza Monsters vs. Aliens started off the weekend with a strong gross of $16.7 million on Friday. Thus, the animated family film is on track to bank as much as $60 mil over the course of the weekend, which would be in line with its great expectations. The Haunting in Connecticut also opened really well, exceeding its projected figures with $9.6 mil on its first day. But the weekend’s other big new movie, 12 Rounds, was way back with a mere $1.8 mil. Friday’s totals are below, and please check back here on Sunday for a full weekend recap in the Box Office Report.

1. Monsters vs. Aliens — $16.7 mil
2. The Haunting in Connecticut — $9.6 mil
3. Knowing — $4.6 mil
4. I Love You, Man — $4 mil
5. Duplicity — $2.3 mil
6. 12 Rounds — $1.8 mil
7. Race to Witch Mountain — $1.5 mil

More Box Office News:
Box Office Preview: ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ will scare up big bucks this weekend
Knowing cruises to weekend victory
Race to Witch Mountain casts a spell at No. 1
Watchmen wins the weekend with $55.7 mil
Madea tops Jonas Brothers for a second box office win’s Box Office Chart

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