Monster movie CLOVERFIELD destroyed the opposition to top of the U.S. box office chart.
The film, about a reptile that devastates New York City, debuted with takings of $41 million (#20.5 million) in its opening weekend (19-20Jan08).
Romantic comedy 27 Dresses came in second with $22.4 million (#11.2 million), followed by The Bucket List with $15.2 million (#7.6 million).
Caper movie Mad Money – starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah
– opened in a disappointing seventh place, with a lowkey $7.7 million (#3.85 million).