THE RITE Possesses Audience on Opening Weekend!

The fall saw quite a few horror releases failing to find an audience.  But the first major horror release of 2011 seems to be faring better.  The satanic possession movie The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins, won the number one spot at the box office this weekend with an estimated take of $15.9 million.   Is it religious-themed horror, combined with Hopkins star-power, that’s attracting fans?  Or is this beginning of another upswing for horror?  We don’t know.  But we’ll definitely be paying attention as more horror releases hit the multiplexes throughout the year.

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