Clapboard: Friday the 13th Slashes Box Office Charts

LOS ANGELES ~ Horror-slasher flick Friday the 13th tore into the North American box office listings, becoming the weekend’s biggest earning film, figures showed.

The return of Jason Voorhees to Camp Crystal Lake – hockey mask and all – chalked up US$42.2 million in its opening weekend, Exhibitor Relations said.

In the latest installment of Friday franchise Director Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) retells the original 1980s hit.

The film appeared in 3,105 theaters, earning an average of $13,605 in each.

That was enough to best last week’s number one, He’s Just Not That Into You, which took the second spot on Valentine’s Day weekend.

The star-studded romantic comedy set in Baltimore continued its box office success, netting $19.6 million in its second week, for a total of $55 million.

In third place was Taken, a Paris-set thriller that features Liam Neeson as a retired CIA agent seeking the gang of sex traffickers who have kidnapped his daughter. That tale has raked in nearly $78 million in three weeks.

The light-hearted romantic comedy Confessions of a Shopaholic was worth $15.4 million in its opening week to come in fourth.

Animated children’s adventure Coraline claimed the fifth spot, bagging $15 million in its second weekend.

Paul Blart Mall Cop – the tale of a security guard turned hero – dropped one spot from last week to sixth, but continued to up its earnings, which now stand at $110.6 million.

The International, which features British actor Clive Owen as an Interpol agent tackling a powerful and shady bank across the globe, came in seventh, earning $10 million in its first week.

It was trailed by The Pink Panther 2, starring Steve Martin, which earned $9 million.

The Oscar-nominated Slumdog Millionaire took ninth place with $7.9 million in its seventh week in theatres, for a total draw so far of $86.6 million, while sci-fi thriller Push grabbed 10th place.

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