"The Rite" Exorcises Box-Office, Makes No. 1 Debut with $15M 


"The Rite" possessed the title of the No. 1 Movie in America as the supernatural thriller debuted at the top spot with $15 million. Directed by Mikael Håfström and starring Anthony Hopkins as the elder exorcist, Father Lucas, "The Rite" pushed previous weekend's box-office champ, "No Strings Attached," down to No. 2. ("The Rite" movie review)

The Paramount Pictures romantic comedy starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher held better than expected with $13.7 box-office sales, and so far, "No Strings Attached" has made $39.7 million in its first 10 days of release. ("No Strings Attached" movie review)

"The Green Hornet," the super-hero action flick starring Seth Rogen tied for the third spot with another action flick, "The Mechanic," starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster. Both "Hornet" and "Mechanic" collected $11.5 million in box-office coins. ("The Green Hornet" movie review)

As expected, the Oscar nominations held last Tuesday, helped pushed nominated films such as "The King's Speech (No. 5 with $11.1 million -- box-office total so far? $72.2 million), "True Grit" (No. 6 with $7.6 million, $148.4 M total), "Black Swan" (No. 8 with $5.1 million, $90.7 M total), and "The Fighter" (No. 9 with $4.1 million, $78.4 M total). (Check Out My Best Movies of 2010)

Another Oscar contender, Fox Searchlight's "127 Hours" from "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle and starring James Franco, has been expanded to 916 theaters and grossed $1.1 million for a total of $13.4 million. (Check Out my interviews with Boyle and Franco right here)

Here's the list of the Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Jan. 28th: (SOURCE: HOLLYWOOD.COM):

1 The Rite (PG-13) $15.0 M $15.0 M
2 No Strings Attached (R) $13.7 M $39.7 M
3 The Green Hornet (PG-13)$11.5 M $78.8 M
4 The Mechanic (R) $11.5 M $11.5 M
5 The King's Speech (R) $11.1 M $72.2 M
6 True Grit (PG-13) $7.6 M $148.4 M
7 The Dilemma (PG-13) $5.5 M $40.6 M
8 Black Swan (R) $5.1 M $90.7 M
9 The Fighter (R) $4.0 M $78.4 M
10 Yogi Bear (PG) $3.2 M $92.5 M

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