'Friday the 13th' Slashes North American Box Office

'Friday the 13th' Slashes North American Box Office

Jason Voorhees has gutted out 'He's Just Not That Into You', stealing the drama comedy's top position over the Valentine's Day weekend with 'Friday the 13th'.
"Friday the 13th" has proven to be the one horror movie to watch. Opening in 3,105 theaters on Friday, February 13, the remake of the 1980 slasher film won the three-day weekend of the North American box office with $40.6 million and denied "He's Just Not That Into You" from taking the top of the chart for the second week in a row.

The Marcus Nispel-directed horror movie did not only land atop the box office, but also scored the best opening ever for a horror movie, topping the $39.1 million debut of "The Grudge", the 2004's English-language remake of the Japanese horror thriller "Ju-On". Additionally, this movie which was made with $19 million budget has recouped the production costs in its first day screening, earning $19.4 million.

On "Friday the 13th" amazing run at the box office, Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros, stated, "It's a great title, and it was a great weekend to open. We had Friday the 13th and Valentine's Day. I've seen it play a number of times, and the audience is with it the whole way. A lot of screams and a lot of laughs." The film which presents the return of Jason Voorhees to Camp Crystal Lake is expected to get an added boost from President's Day on Monday, February 16.

Trailing behind "Friday the 13th" was "He's Just Not That Into You". The star-studded romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Ginnifer Goodwin and Scarlett Johansson among others continued to dig gold at the box office with $19.5 million in its second weekend. With the additional ticket sales, it collected a total of nearly $55 million after ten days screening.

The third place went to Pierre Morel-directed thriller "Taken". Featuring Liam Neeson as a retired CIA agent seeking to save his kidnapped daughter, it has raked in $19 million to the total of $77.7 million. Meanwhile, Sophie Kinsella's adapted novel, "Confessions of a Shopaholic", has debuted fourth on the chart. The light-hearted romantic comedy starring Isla Fisher has bagged $15.1 million.

Fifth place saw the stop-motion animation "Coraline". Slipping to the slot from the third place, the animated children's adventure earned $14.8 million and thus has garnered $35 million after two weekends in the theaters. Newcomers "The International" came in seventh on the chart. The Clive Owen-starring action thriller drew in $9.3 million.

Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for February 13-15:
  1. "Friday the 13th" - $40.6 million
  2. "He's Just Not That Into You" - $19.5 million
  3. "Taken" - $19 million
  4. "Confessions of a Shopaholic" - $15.1 million
  5. "Coraline" - $14.8 million
  6. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" - $11 million
  7. "The International" - $9.3 million
  8. "The Pink Panther 2" - $8.5 million
  9. "Slumdog Millionaire" - $7.3 million
  10. "Push" - $6.9 million

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