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Last Updated: Monday, 5 June 2006, 07:34 GMT 08:34 UK
Aniston delivers shock to X-Men
Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in The Break-Up
Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston met while making The Break-Up
Jennifer Aniston's new romantic comedy has pulled off a surprise coup at the North American box office, taking the number one spot from the X-Men.

The Break-Up, which stars Aniston and her reported boyfriend Vince Vaughn, took $38.1m (20.2m) over the weekend, according to studio estimates.

That was about $10m (5.3m) more than its film studio Universal expected.

Following its record-breaking opening last weekend, X-Men: The Last Stand dropped off, earning $34.3m (18.2m).

The Break-Up is about a couple whose relationship is in trouble but who choose to stay together in their Chicago apartment.

US AND CANADA BOX OFFICE
Halle Berry in X-Men: The Last Stand
1. The Break-Up - $38.1m
2. X-Men: The Last Stand (above) - $34.3m
3. Over the Hedge - $20.6m
4. The Da Vinci Code - $19.3m
5. Mission: Impossible III - $4.7m
Source: Exhibitor Relations. Figures for Fri-Sun.
Co-written by Vaughn, it has notched up the third most successful opening weekend on record for a romantic comedy, behind Hitch and 50 First Dates.

The third X-Men film broke the record for the most successful opening weekend for any film this year, taking $103.1m (55m) in its first three days when it opened last weekend.

But its takings slumped 67% in its second weekend. It has now taken a total of $175.7m in 10 days in the US and Canada.

Animated adventure Over the Hedge, featuring the voices of Bruce Willis and Steve Carell, held onto third place in the box office chart with $20.6m (10.9m).

The Da Vinci Code slipped two places to number four, earning $19.3m (10.2m).

The religious thriller's three-week North American total now stands at $172.7m (91.7m).

Al Gore's climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth made it to number nine in this weekend's chart.

It earned $1.33m (700,000) from just 77 cinemas, meaning it took more money per screen than The Break-Up.


SEE ALSO:
Record-breaking opening for X-Men
30 May 06 |  Entertainment
'Millions' flock to Da Vinci Code
22 May 06 |  Entertainment
Aniston in 'intrusive' photos row
06 Dec 05 |  Entertainment
Vaughn breathalysed by US police
02 Dec 05 |  Entertainment
Pitt and Aniston sell $28m home
03 Oct 05 |  Entertainment


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