Box Office Report

New 'Beginning'

''Exorcist'' had a bad beginning despite being No. 1. But the prequel fared better than comedies ''Without a Paddle'' and ''Princess Diaries 2''

The Exorcist: The Beginning | SCARY MOVIE The ''Exorcist'' prequel had the lowest figures for a No. 1 movie since Easter
Image credit: Exorcist: The Beginning: Sergio Strizzi
SCARY MOVIE The ''Exorcist'' prequel had the lowest figures for a No. 1 movie since Easter

Frights proved more popular than laughs at the box office this weekend, as "Exorcist: The Beginning" bested "Without a Paddle" for the No. 1 spot.

The "Exorcist" prequel grossed $18.2 million in its first three days, while the comedic "Paddle," also in its debut weekend, had to settle for second place with $13.7 million. "Exorcist'''s figure is the lowest for a No. 1 movie since Easter weekend in early April, when "The Passion of the Christ" topped the charts in its seventh weekend with $15.2 million.

"The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" fell 43 percent in its second weekend to $13.2 million, while last week's top film, "Alien vs. Predator," plummeted 67 percent to $12.5 million.

Meanwhile, the low-budget scarefest "Open Water" expanded nationwide after two weeks in limited release and grossed $11.8 million, good enough for fifth place.

Don't expect any bigger numbers next weekend: Two of its wide releases are sequels to "Anaconda" and "Baby Geniuses." Somehow I doubt you're calling ahead for tickets.

Originally posted Aug 22, 2004
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