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High School Musical 3 is Number 1

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

HSM3 rules the school

Squelching any debate that a cable franchise would not translate to the big screen, High School Musical 3: Senior Year took the top spot at the box office this weekend, raking in $42 million.

HSM3 rules the school

That huge take gave the flick the best opening ever for a musical movie, according to Disney. In addition, the teen screen dream team took in another $40 million overseas. Since the movie only cost $11 million to make, the Mouse House is rolling in dough this week for High School Musical 3. Second place went to Saw V with a $30.5 million debut, with evil killer Jigsaw sending more terrified victims to gruesome ends. "Jigsaw has become as much a part of Halloween as pumpkins and trick or treating," Lionsgate president of theatrical films Tom Ortenberg said in a statement.

The weekend's totals:

High School Musical 3: Senior Year, $42 million
Saw V, $30.5 million
Max Payne, $7.6 million
Beverly Hills Chihuahua, $6.9 million
Pride and Glory, $6.3 million
The Secret Life of Bees, $5.9 million
W., $5.3 million
Eagle Eye, $5.1 million
Body of Lies, $4.1 million
Quarantine, $2.6 millionOctober 26, 2008

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