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Box Office: week to 7 October 2009

It must be all that helium. Four weeks in release, four weeks at numero uno. Up continues to fight off the guinea pigs (2) and Jack Black (3). Newbie (500) Days of Summer knocks the wannabes of Fame down to 5.

Best of the Kiwi-related bunch remains District 9 at 15, which took $52,590 off 30 screens for a total of almost $2,425,000. Sunshine Cleaning, at 24, took another $16,583 off 28 for a touch over $586,400.

At 29, The Strength of Water took $8,774 off 12 totalling $201,500. Separation City dropped only one spot this week, to 34, taking $3,192, also off 12 screens, for $554,334.

Aussie foreign-language Oscar nominee Samson and Delilah started its first week of general release at 20, pocketing just under $22,000 off 5, for a total of $97,675 including income from festival screenings.

The two biggest earners still screening sit next to one another. At 36 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has banked $5,926,734. One spot lower, with $5,482,025, sits Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

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