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'Treasure' hits it big

LOS ANGELES -- ''National Treasure," with Nicolas Cage hunting a hidden fortune, continued to strike box-office gold, taking in $33.1 million from Friday to yesterday to retain the No. 1 slot over the busy Thanksgiving weekend.

''The Incredibles" remained in second place with $24.1 million, while Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis's holiday comedy, ''Christmas With the Kranks," debuted at No. 3 with $22.7 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday.

Premiering Wednesday, ''Christmas With the Kranks" took in $32 million over the five-day holiday period.

The weekend's other new wide release, Oliver Stone's historical epic ''Alexander," had a so-so debut of $13.4 million, coming in sixth behind two holdovers, ''The Polar Express" (No. 4 with $20.1 million) and ''The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" (No. 5 with $17.8 million). Since debuting Wednesday, ''Alexander" grossed $21.6 million.

It was a healthy holiday for Hollywood, with the top 12 movies grossing $215 million from Wednesday to yesterday, the second-best Thanksgiving period ever behind 2000's haul of $232.2 million.

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