Director/actor Ben Affleck’s critically revered feature Argo topped the competition over the weekend with a $12.4 million haul and a first place finish, beating out newcomer Cloud Atlas, which limped to a third place finish with a paltry $9.4 million. Amidst all its hype and star pedigree (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant), Cloud Atlas was a big disappointment at the box office.
Hotel Transylvania continued its excellent run with a $9.5 million weekend, good enough for second place, with Paranormal Activity 4 coming in fourth with $8.7 million. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D also had a sub-par debut, mustering up just $8.5 million.
Rounding out the top five are Taken 2 (#6, $8 million), the Kevin James comedy Here Comes The Boom (#7, $5.5 million), the low budget yet profitable horror film Sinister (#8, $5.1 million), the disappointing Alex Cross (#9, $5.0 million), and Pitch Perfect (#10, $4 million).
* Ben Affleck discusses some of the special features that will be featured in the DVD/Blu-ray release of Argo. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ben Affleck).
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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @Gsrisavasdi)