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Living Dead

''Amityville'' will scare up business. The horror remake will edge out ''Sahara'' for this week's No. 1 spot

Melissa George, The Amityville Horror (Movie - 2005) | SCARE TACTICS Amityville (starring Melissa George) will kill at the box office
SCARE TACTICS Amityville (starring Melissa George) will kill at the box office

Right now the scariest thing about the movie business is how dead it is. So far this year, box office receipts are down 4 percent from last year, even with rising ticket prices. Well, it won't get much better this weekend, since the only new wide release is The Amityville Horror, a remake of the 1979 cult classic.

The new version, starring Blade: Trinity's Ryan Reynolds and a bunch of people you've never heard of, may have the weekend to itself, but don't expect it to break any box office records. Still, its built-in horror fan base should propel it to No. 1 with a debut around $20 million.

Last week's top film, Sahara, will likely see a 45 percent drop to $10 million, followed by Sin City and Fever Pitch with $8 million and $7 million, respectively. And Guess Who could enjoy its final weekend in the top five with a measly $4 million. Where are the summer blockbusters when we need them?

Originally posted Apr 14, 2005
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