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Keaton-Nicholson Team Boosts Box Office

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The grown-ups overtook the box office this weekend, with Diane Keaton, 57, and Jack Nicholson, 66, winning the crown with their romantic comedy “Something’s Gotta Give,” which overtook last week’s No. 1 movie, “The Last Samurai” starring Tom Cruise, 41.

Not that the kids kept away from the cineplex. The Farrelly brothers’ critically lame comedy, “Stuck on You,” with Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear as conjoined twins, did only okay business and ended up in third place, while the critically blasted teen romance “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” featuring Nick Cannon, debuted in fourth.

Not that these rankings are expected to hold for long. This Wednesday brings “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” the conclusion of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic. Reviews are outstanding; anticipation is palatable. Expect a new box-office king.

This weekend’s Top 10 box-office champs, according to studio estimates, were as follows:

1. “Something’s Gotta Give,” $17 million
2. “The Last Samurai,” $14.05 million
3. “Stuck on You,” $10 million
4. “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” $6.5 million
5. “The Haunted Mansion,” $6.3 million
6. “Bad Santa,” $6.21 million
7. “Elf,” $6.2 million
8. “Honey,” $5.1 million
9. “Dr. Seuss’s the Cat in the Hat,” $4.2 million
10. “Gothika,” $2.7 million