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    When a rundown of Hollywood's top-paid actresses was released last month, Jennifer Aniston wasn't in the top five. How fortunate for her.

    Aniston scored her third straight No. 1 movie as the anti-romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You topped the weekend box office with $27.5 million, per studio estimates compiled today by Exhibitor Relations.

    Elsewhere, Coraline ($16.3 million) was as strong in its debut as Paul Blart: Mall Cop ($11 million) was sturdy in its fourth week.

    More numbers, factoids and reasons for Aniston to chortle:

      True, He's Just Not That Into You was an ensemble film, not a Jennifer Aniston film, but even as such it's one more No. 1 movie than Katherine Heigl Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts or old chum Angelina Jolie have had in the last year. Or more.

    Heigl, Roberts, Diaz and Jolie all outranked Aniston on the Hollywood Reporter's 2008 pay list. Jolie finished No. 1; Aniston, No. 6. Of the top five, only Reese Witherspoon (No. 3) had a No. 1 movie last year (Four Christmases). 

    He's Just Not That Into You is Aniston's latest No. 1 film after 2006's The Break-Up and the still-playing Marley & Me.

    Based on a line from TV's Sex and the City, He's Just Not That Into You didn't come close to the $57 million debut posted by the series' movie version last summer. But it did exceed expectations. "Everyone I talked to thought it would do in low 20s," Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com, said today.

    Who knew Liam Neeson would click so well as the new Charles Bronson? Neeson's Taken, last weekend's No. 1 film, slipped only one place, to No. 2, and picked up another $20.3 million.

    Maybe Neeson's been taking lessons from Paul Blart. Taken was down only 18 percent from last week. Paul Blart was down only 21 percent, and pushed up its haul to $97 million.

    Yes, Coraline opened at No. 3, but to its proud parents at Focus Features, it'll always be the top-debuting, wide-releasing, stop-motion film, if you go by per-screen average and not overall gross, in movie history. So there.

    For the stop-motion faithful, it will be noted Chicken Run made more in its debut weekend than Coraline, but boasted a slightly lower per-screen average, and it will be further noted Tim Burton's Corpse Bride boasted a far bigger per-screen average, but didn't go wide until its second weekend. 

    That Steve Martin managed a $20 million debut for 2006's much-maligned The Pink Panther arguably remains a bigger surprise than the fact he only managed a $12 million debut for this weekend's more-maligned sequel, The Pink Panther 2

    The Heroes-esque action-thriller Push ($10.2 million) will not be Summit's next Twilight-ian blockbuster, but it should do all right by its modest budget.

    The new comedy Fanboys waited a long time to get released. For its wait, it got 44 theaters, a $164,000 gross and a so-so $3,727 per-theater average.

    Slumdog Millionaire ($7.4 million) aside, not another of Oscar's Best Picture contenders grossed as much per screen as Fanboys.

    Movies exiting the Top 10 include Renee Zellweger's already old-hat New in Town ($3.3 million), which departs after just one weekend and a $11.9 million overall take.

    Here's a recap of the holiday weekend's top-grossing films based on Friday-Sunday estimates from Exhibitor Relations:

    1. He's Just Not That Into You, $27.5 million
    2. Taken, $20.3 million
    3. Coraline, $16.3 million
    4. The Pink Panther 2, $12 million
    5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop, $11 million
    6. Push, $10.2 million
    7. Slumdog Millionaire, $7.4 million
    8. Gran Torino, $7.2 million
    9. The Uninvited, $6.4 million
    10. Hotel for Dogs, $5.8 million

    (Originally published Feb. 8, 2009 at 11:15 a.m. PT.)

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