Pitt, Aniston Set Box Office Records with Christmas Day Films
Former couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were competing for top box office position this week, and while the pair are no longer romantically linked they were both winners this holiday season.
Aniston starred in the book adaptation Marley & Me, which pulled in the highest one-day total ever for a Christmas Day film, while Pitt's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was just a few million behind to set the second highest-grossing record.
Aniston's Marley & Me, a feel-good movie costarring Owen Wilson about a young family and mischievous dog, was the leader of the pack, grossing $14.8 million, the highest one-day total ever for a film opening on Christmas.
But Pitt's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button wasn't far behind. The film, about the life-long romance between a man who ages in reverse (Pitt) and a woman (Cate Blanchett), set the record for the second-highest Christmas opening of all-time with $11.8 million.
Other popular Christmas Day films included Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories, Tom Cruise's WWII film Valkyrie, and Jim Carrey's hilarious Yes Man.