Clapboard: Witch Mountain Casts Spell

LOS ANGELES ~ Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain, kept North American filmgoers spellbound over the weekend and was the top-grossing movie, with US$24.4 million in ticket sales, industry figures showed.

The adventure and science-fiction family flick is a remake of Disney’s 1975 classic Escape to Witch Mountain.

Industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said the number two film was Watchmen a faithful screen adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel of the same name, which earned $17.8 million in ticket sales.

Horror remake The Last House on the Left scared up $14.1 million, landing it into third place. Based on Wes Craven’s 1972 movie of the same name, the film deals with parents take revenge on a gang that kidnapped and assaulted their daughter.

Fox thriller Taken came in fourth place with $6.6 million, ahead of comedy Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, which scored $5.1 million.

Multi-Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire fell to sixth place, reaping $5 million this weekend, for a total of $132.6 million in 18 weeks since its release.

In seventh place, Paul Blart Mall Cop – the tale of a security guard turned hero – took in $3.1 million in sales.

With an all-star cast featuring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Aniston, romantic comedy He’s Just Not That Into You continued its slide, falling to eighth place with its tale of modern dating disasters, earning $2.9 million in sales.

In ninth was animated children’s adventure Coraline which earned $2.7 million.

Racy comedy Miss March debuted at a disappointing 10th place, bringing in $2.4 million.

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