"Home Alone," a comedy about a kid left to fend off burglars, played to packed houses over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, taking in a whopping $28.7 million for the No. 1 spot at the box office.

In second place and off to a faster start than its predecessor is "Three Men and a Little Lady." The first sequel from the Walt Disney Co. took in $19.1 million in its premiere engagement, Exhibitor Relations Co. said.In 1987, "Three Men and a Baby" - also starring Ted Danson, Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg - took in $13.9 million its first weekend. It went on to make $167.8 million. The action-adventure sequel "Predator II" opened in third place with $13.3 million.

"Home Alone," produced and written by John Hughes, stars Macaulay Culkin as an 8-year-old accidentally left behind at Christmas when his family leaves for a Paris vacation. The boy uses his wits to fight off burglars. In two weeks, the movie has made $48.3 million.

"Everyone seems to be coming and we're getting a lot of repeat business," said Tom Sherak, head of marketing and distribution for 20th Century Fox.

"We look at some of the (box-office) grosses from some of those small cities and wonder where the audiences will come from the next day."

Here are the week's top movie ticket sales, as tallied by Exhibitor Relations:

1. "HOME ALONE," $28.7 million ($48.3 million, two weeks).

2. "Three Men and a Little Lady," $19.1 million (first week).

3. "Predator II," $13.3 million (first week).

4. "Dances With Wolves," $12.7 million ($14.3 million, three weeks).

5. "Rocky V," $11.3 million ($27.3 million, two weeks).

6. "The Rescuers Down Under," $5.3 million ($9.2 million, two weeks).

7. "Ghost," $4.6 million ($195.4 million, 20 weeks).

8. "Child's Play 2," $4 million ($22.6 million, three weeks).

9. "Jacob's Ladder," $2.7 million ($22.4 million, four weeks).

10. "Quigley Down Under," $1.2 million ($17.3 million, six weeks).