"Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" brought in $30. 1 million of good fortune to debut in first place at the weekend box office. The film, based on the first three...

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LOS ANGELES — “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” brought in $30.1 million of good fortune to debut in first place at the weekend box office.

The film, based on the first three children’s books by Lemony Snicket, who is actually author Daniel Handler, knocked the star-driven sequel “Ocean’s Twelve” to second place.

“Spanglish,” starring Téa Leoni, Adam Sandler and Spanish actress Paz Vega, made its debut at third with a weekend haul of $8.8 million.

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The success of “Lemony Snicket” continues a trend that has seen family oriented films scoring well at the box office, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

“The Polar Express,” in particular, has continued to draw in family audiences, earning $8.4 million to bring its cumulative total over six weeks to $123.4 million.

Here are the ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations:

1. “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” $30.1 million

2. “Ocean’s Twelve,” $18.1 million.

3. “Spanglish,” $8.8 million

4. “The Polar Express,” $8.4 million.

5. “Blade: Trinity,” $6.8 million.

6. “National Treasure,” $6 million.

7. “Christmas With the Kranks,” $5.4 million.

8. “The Flight of the Phoenix,” $5 million.

9. “Closer,” $3.4 million.

10. “The Incredibles,” $3.1 million.