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Lucky Weekend For 'Friday the 13th' With $42.2 Million

'Friday the 13th' scared up the largest debut on record for a horror film, after taking in $42.2 million this weekend.

The debut easily, which was roughly $17 million more than experts predicted, beat the $39 million previous record held by 2004's 'The Grudge'. In fact, the movie had its estimated $16 million budget covered even before the close of business on Friday.

The romantic comedy 'He's Just Not That Into You placed second with $19.6 million, while 'Taken' took third place with $19.3 million. Isla Fisher's 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' took in $15.4 million, which may seem low, but that's exactly where it was forecasted to land.

Sony's 'The International' debuted in seventh spot with $10 million, and Kevin James' 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' moved past the landmark $100 million mark by taking just $11.7 million.

Even with the economic gloom and doom, ticket sales were up more than 40% compared to the same weekend last year, in what will likely go down as Hollywood's best President's Day weekend ever.

Here's the complete rundown for the weekend box office:

1. Friday the 13th, $42.2 million.
2. He's Just Not That Into You, $19.6 million.
3. Taken, $19.3 million.
4. Confessions of a Shopaholic, $15.4 million.
5. Coraline, $15.3 million.
6. Paul Blart: Mall Cop, $11.7 million.
7. The International, $10 million.
8. The Pink Panther 2, $9 million.
9. Slumdog Millionaire, $7.2 million.
10. Push, $6.9 million.

February 16, 2009 |

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