If there's two things America loves, it's high school and musicals. Okay, not everyone loves high school -- social outcasts, I'm looking at you -- but most young kids can't wait to get there, and most adults wish they could relive it. So it's no wonder that High School Musical 3: Senior Year remains at the top of the U.S. box office for the second week in a row, bringing in another $15 million for a total of $61.7 million. In other frightening -in-a-wholly-expected-way Halloween news, Beverly Hills Chihuahua made another $4.7 million and is still at #6, for a total of $84 million. Because if there's three additional things Americans love, it's dogs, Mexico and rich people.
Two sequels that couldn't be any more different if they tried battled it out at the box office this weekend, and it turns out the cheesy dancers beat out the crazed, torture-inflicting madman. That's right, High School Musical 3: Senior Year out-muscled Saw V -- and, if you listened closely, you could almost hear the sound of Disney execs crying that they had released the first two HSM movies on TV. Just look at all those buckets of money they could have made if they'd only released in theaters. (Not that the HSM franchise hasn't made Disney more money than most of us can fathom anyway.)