Box Office Report

House Party

''Amityville Horror'' takes No. 1 at the box office. The remake brings in $23 million its opening week, while ''Sahara'' dips to No. 2

SCARE TACTICS ''Amityville'' (starring Melissa George, Rachel Nichols, Ryan Reynolds, and Jesse James) opens at the top
SCARE TACTICS ''Amityville'' (starring Melissa George, Rachel Nichols, Ryan Reynolds, and Jesse James) opens at the top

The box office slump of 2005 remains in full effect, though The Amityville Horror proved yet again that scary movies are still a potent first-weekend draw.

The remake of the 1979 cult classic grossed $23.3 million this weekend, easily claiming the No. 1 spot on the box office chart. But since Amityville was the only new wide release of the weekend, some returning releases held on decently. Sahara placed second with $13.1 million, while Fever Pitch hung on to third place with $8.8 million.

And since this is the calm before the summer-movie storm (the ''summer'' movie season begins May 6 with Kingdom of Heaven), Sin City and Guess Who were able to stay in the top five despite earning $6.7 million and $4.9 million, respectively. You won't be seeing numbers like that in the top five for long.

Originally posted Apr 17, 2005