Low budget schlock-fest The Devil Inside topped the box office chart over the weekend and scared up a frightening $34.5 million. The film was picked up by Paramount Pictures’ Insurge imprint for $1 million dollars, and it already turned a profit following its midnight showings. The Devil Inside combines two popular horror staples, the exorcism pic and the “found footage” film and this combination appears to be a winner for Paramount, who also have the Paranormal Activity franchise as a lucrative money maker.
Tom Cruise and his Impossible Mission Force dropped to second place after grossing another $20.5 million. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (another Paramount picture) has now grossed $170 million, a number that is closing in on the first Mission: Impossible film, which had a final gross of $181 million. However, that was in 1996, so M:I4 is still behind in attendance.
Warner Bros’ Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows was in third place, upping its gross to $157 million. The Robert Downey Jr/Jude Law adventure film grossed $14 million helping its worldwide gross swell to over well over $250 million.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, had great hold over the weekend, grossing another $11.3 million and raising its cumulative gross to over $76 million. $100 million is now a certainty for the Daniel Craig film, which has officially recouped its $90 million budget worldwide.
Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked banked another $9.5 million and crossed the $100 million barrier.
The other Spielberg effort in the top ten – The Adventures Of Tintin upped its cume to a smidgen under $63 million after taking in $6.6 million. Meanwhile, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy cracked the top ten after grossing $5.7 million. The Gary Oldman spy film has now grossed $10 million, and a further $25 million abroad.
New Year’s Eve rounded out the top ten. Grossing $3.2 million, the all-star romance has now brought its total to $52 million.
That’s it for now. See you at the movies.