That breaks the previous mark of $10.2 million, set by "Ali" in 2001, according to Media By Numbers LLC.
And "Marley & Me" may not be alone: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Bedtime Stories" were also expected to move past the previous Christmas Day mark, according to some studio estimates.
Even "Valkyrie" had a strong Yuletide opening with more than $8 million, those numbers show.
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