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‘The Roommate’ spooks its way to the top box-office slot

“The Roommate,” a low-budget thriller that received a unanimous thumbs-down from critics, opened in the top spot at the weekend box office as studios braced for the annual sales hit from the Super Bowl.

“The Roommate,” a low-budget thriller that received a unanimous thumbs-down from critics, opened in the top spot at the weekend box office as studios braced for the annual sales hit from the Super Bowl.

According to studio estimates, “The Roommate” earned about $15.6 million in its first three days, equivalent to its production budget and in line with expectations.

“Sanctum,” a 3-D underwater adventure produced by James Cameron, followed at a distant No. 2 with $9.2 million Last weekend’s champion, the Anthony Hopkins thriller “The Rite,” tumbled to No. 6 with $5.6 million.

Overall sales tumbled. The top 12 films grossed $75 million, down 18 percent from last weekend.

 
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