Horror flick rings in top movie spot

Monday, March 21, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- Naomi Watts ran rings around the competition as her horror sequel "The Ring 2" took in $36 million to debut as the top weekend movie.

The movie's take was more than double the $15 million that the original surprise horror hit grossed at its 2002 opening.

"Robots," the previous weekend's No. 1 movie, slipped to second place with $21.8 million, lifting its 10-day total to $66.9 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "The Ring 2," $36 million.

2. "Robots," $21.8 million.

3. "The Pacifier," $12.5 million.

4. "Ice Princess," $7 million.

5. "Hitch," $6.6 million.

6. "Be Cool," $5.8 million.

7. "Hostage," $5.797 million.

8. "Million Dollar Baby," $4.1 million.

9. "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," $3.5 million.

10. "Constantine," $2.3 million.

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