LOS ANGELES -- Ben Stiller's playful "Night at the Museum" was the top box office draw during the New Year's weekend with $37.8 million, a 24 percent jump over its debut the previous week, according to studio estimates released yesterday.
Uplifting movies dominated the Top 10 for the holiday weekend, a busy period at turnstiles.
Will Smith's "The Pursuit of Happyness" took second place with $19.3 million, up 30 percent, while the musical "Dreamgirls" finished third with $15.5 million.
"The Pursuit of Happyness" was expected to cross the $100 million threshold today.
No. 4 "Charlotte's Web" was up 59 percent with $12 million in its third week. "Rocky Balboa" was in fifth place with $11.4 million.
No new movies went into wide release.
"Dreamgirls" saw a major surge in business, averaging a whopping $18,192 per screen . It was showing on just 852 screens, compared to 3,768 for "Night at the Museum."