Anthony Hopkins’ possessed priest horror
opened in the number one spot at the US box office this weekend.
Fending off competition from fellow Brit Jason Statham in action remake
, the religio-horror took $15m in till kerchings. Statham settled for third place ($11.5m), just behind
No Strings Attached
, which flopped to second ($13.6m).
The Green Hornet
zipped from second to fourth ($11.5m), only just staying ahead of Oscar favourite
The King’s Speech
, which earned $11.1m in fifth place.
It was a bit of an Oscar battle in the box office’s mid-section, with The Coen Brothers’ nominated
in sixth ($7.6m), just ahead of
in eighth ($5.1m) and
in ninth ($4m).
The quartet of award-baiting films are clearly getting a boost thanks to their nominations – though when competition comes in the form of
(in tenth place, $3m) and
(in seventh, $5.7m), it’s not hard to see why audiences are favouring them.
Next week James Cameron’s
opens – can that waterbound effort sink the competition?