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Horror @ the Box Office - May 20-22: Priest falls to #6

05.23.2011by: Alex DiVincenzo

Despite the predicted end of the world, plenty of people still went to see PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES for a #1 opening. You'd think they'd want to show their faith with something religious, like Scott Charles Stewart's PRIEST, which opened at #4 last week. Instead, it fell to #6 with $4.6 million, a drop off of about 70%.

Otherwise, it was once again a rather uneventful weekend for horror at the box office. James Wan's INSIDIOUS came in at #14 with $469,000, and Duncan Jones' SOURCE CODE made another $402,000 at #16. Not bad for flicks that have been out for months. The number of theaters that played Wes Craven's SCREAM 4 was cut way back again, and the flick brought in another $84,000.

As bad as these last couple of weeks have been for the genre, the next one will be even worse. The only theatrical openings are THE HANGOVER 2 and KUNG FU PANDA 2, so we'll be lucky if we even see PRIEST cling on to a Top 10 spot. You might as well queue up your DVD/Blu-ray player, because the theater won't have much to offer for a few weeks.


1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
$ 90.1 Million NEW
2. Bridesmaides $ 21.1 Million $ 59.5 Million
3. Thor
$ 15.5 Million $ 145 Million
4. Fast Five $ 10.6 Million $ 186 Million
5. Rio $ 4.7 Million $ 131 Million
6. Priest
$ 4.6 Million $ 23.7 Million
7. Jumping the Broom
$ 3.7 Million $ 31.3 Million
8. Something Borrowed
$ 3.4 Million $ 31.4 Million
9. Water for Elephants $ 2.2 Million $ 52.4 Million
10. Madea's Big Happy Family $ 1.0 Million $ 51.8 Million

Source: Box Office Mojo



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