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Terror strikes the right note at US box office

Terror scared up the big bucks at the North American box office last weekend, with fright flick Scary Movie 3 raking in a whopping $US48.1 million, final figures showed on Monday.

The spooky spoof scored the biggest October opening ever, relegating its main competition, the truly gory The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, to second place, box office trackers Exhibitor Relations Inc said.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, which triumphed in last week's box-office battle, was runner-up this week with $US14.5 million in ticket receipts.

Sports drama Radio, the story of a white high school football coach who befriends a mentally challenged black student starring Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding Jr, was third with a haul of $US13.3 million.

In fourth spot was Runaway Jury, the adaptation of the John Grisham novel starring Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman, with a gross take of $US8.4 million.

Screen hero Clint Eastwood's latest directorial offering, Mystic River, was fifth with $US7.8 million.

The story of three childhood friends reunited after 25 years by a murder investigation stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon.

Jack Black's uproarious comedy School of Rock was in sixth place in the weekly rankings with $US6.5 million, followed by Quentin Tarantino's celebrated but bloody fourth movie, Kill Bill: Vol 1 starring Uma Thurman, with $US6.4 million in receipts.

The children's story of an extraterrestrial pooch, Good Boy, was in eighth place with a gross of $US5.1 million, followed by George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones' movie Intolerable Cruelty, with $US3.6 million.

Rounding off the weekly top 10, was Under the Tuscan Sun -- the story of the self-imposed exile in Italy of a US writer, played by Diane Lane -- with $US2.3 million in ticket sales.

--AFP




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