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Ocean's Twelve leads rat pack

Staff and agencies
Monday December 13, 2004

Ocean's Twelve is the new leader of the pack at the US box office. The heist movie, which boasts a top-notch cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones, took $40.9m (21.3m) this weekend - the fourth biggest December opening ever, behind the three Lord of the Rings films.

The movie, directed by Oscar winner Stephen Soderbergh, is a sequel to 2001's Ocean's Eleven which made $38.1m (19.9m) on its opening weekend. That movie was a remake of the 1960 film starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and other members of the Rat Pack.

The latest film has not received particularly kind reviews, but that hasn't stopped the crowds. "It's just a fun, good holiday movie," said Dan Fellman, from distributors Warner Bros.

But there was less good news for another new film. Blade: Trinity did open in second spot, but the latest in the Marvel comic book series could only manage $16.1m (8.4m), less than expected.

Last week's number one, National Treasure, dropped to third place with $10m (5.2m) - followed by The Polar Express, which, after a poor opening, is now performing nicely. The animated tale took another $9.8m (5.1m) this weekend, and has now made $110m (57.5m) in four weeks.

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