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It takes a Break-Up to make Jennifer star

Los Angeles, June 4 (Reuters): While her former husband is playing daddy in Namibia, Jennifer Aniston is basking in her new role as Hollywood’s latest movie star.

Her new romantic comedy The Break-Up, co-starring real-life companion Vince Vaughn, stunned industry observers by taking the top spot at the North American box office with ticket sales of about $38.1 million during its first three days, according to studio estimates issued yesterday.

The Universal Pictures release, which was savaged by critics, had been expected to open in the $20-million range behind reigning champ X-Men: The Last Stand, which slipped to No. 2 with $34.4 million in its second weekend.

Certainly, few observers were expecting it to break the former Friends star’s mediocre run at the box office. Of her two wide releases last year, Derailed stalled at $36 million, while Rumor Has It fell silent at $43 million. Still, she has some way to go to catch up with ex-husband Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Their movie together, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, earned $186 million last year.

Vaughn’s last movie, Wedding Crashers, opened to $33 million last year, and earned more than $200 million.

The Break-Up, a $52-million project that Vaughn helped write, revolves around a couple whose relationship is on the rocks, but choose to stay together in their Chicago apartment. “What’s a smart comedienne doing in such a dumb movie'” asked the Wall Street Journal.

The nation’s female moviegoers begged to disagree, as women comprised 67 per cent of the audience, according to Universal.

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