Monday, February 16, 2009

Friday the 13th nails No. 1 spot with $42.2M

"Friday the 13th" had all the luck as the remake of the 1980 slasher flick opened with $42.2 million, putting blood and guts ahead of hearts over Valentine's Day weekend.

That was a record for the horror genre, topping the $39.1 million debut for 2004's "The Grudge." Accounting for today's higher admission prices, "The Grudge" sold slightly more tickets, however.

Released by the Warner Bros. banner New Line Cinema, "Friday the 13th" updates the grisly story of killer Jason Voorhees and his rampage among youths at a secluded summer camp.

On opening day — which fell on Friday the 13th — the remake pulled in $19.4 million, slightly more than the $19 million it cost to make the movie.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "Friday the 13th," $42.2 million.

2. "He's Just Not That Into You," $19.6 million.

3. "Taken," $19.3 million.

4. "Confessions of a Shopaholic," $15.4 million.

5. "Coraline," $15.3 million.

6. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," $11.7 million.

7. "The International," $10 million.

8. "The Pink Panther 2," $9 million.

9. "Slumdog Millionaire," $7.2 million.

10. "Push," $6.9 million.

- AP

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