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'Monsters vs. Aliens' Makes $58.2M Debut

Movie beasts from old-time Hollywood got a makeover as heroes and conquered the weekend box office.DreamWorks Animation's action comedy "Monsters vs. Aliens," which features creatures from 1950s flicks in a showdown with invading extraterrestrials, launched itself into the No. 1 spot with a $58.2 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.It was the biggest debut so far in 2009, topping the $55.2 million first weekend of "Watchmen" in early March.Opening in second place was Lionsgate's ghost story "The Haunting in Connecticut" with $23 million in ticket sales.The previous weekend's top movie, Summit Entertainment's apocalyptic thriller "Knowing," slipped to third with $14.7 million, raising its 10-day total to $46.2 million.The big opening for "Monsters vs. Aliens" boosted Hollywood revenues after a couple of down weekends. Movies overall pulled in about $148 million, up 39 percent from the same weekend a year ago, according to box-office tracker Media By Numbers.For the year,...

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