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Monsters vs. Aliens tops North America weekend box office

india Updated: Mar 30, 2009 16:01 IST

DreamWorks Animation's comedy Monsters vs. Aliens won the box office race this weekend, generating some $58.2 million in its North American debut and making Hollywood's best opening so far this year, according to preliminary estimates released Sunday.

The animated movie, which tells the story of a ragtag group who fight with invading extra terrestrials to save the world, opened on an impressive 7,000 screens in the US and Canada, including 2,000 digital 3-D or Imax theaters.

Monsters vs. Aliens, a $150-million production, is the biggest gamble so far by Hollywood in the 3-D category, as major studios bet big on digital 3-D as a savior of the movie exhibition business.

The Haunting in Connecticut, another new release from Lionsgate, opened in second place with $23 million in estimated ticket sales.

Nicolas Cage's sci-fi thriller Knowing, which was last week's box office leader, pulled in $14.7 million, placing third in its second weekend of release.

Rounding out the top five movies in North America this weekend were Paramount comedy I Love You, Man and spy thriller Duplicity, with $12.6 million and $7.6 million respectively over the three-day period. Both movies were in their second weekend of release.