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Box Office: 'The Devil Inside' is a surprise No. 1 [Video]

January 9, 2012 | 11:15 am

The Devil Inside was the No 1 film at the box office this weekend
After two weekends atop the box office, Tom Cruise's latest film has tumbled to the runner-up position,  thanks to a low-budget horror flick that was a surprise No. 1 pick.

"The Devil Inside," which Paramount Pictures acquired for a mere $1 million, was the weekend winner with a studio-estimated take of $34.5 million. Pre-release audience polling had indicated that the movie would make no more than $15 million upon its debut. Instead, it easily beat the fourth installment in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, which collected $20.5 million, lifting its overall total to around $170 million.

As a result of the strong ticket sales, the weekend was up 29% compared to the same period in 2011. That was good news for the movie business, which saw receipts fall 3% last year.

For more on the weekend's results, check out this week's box office video report.


Box office: 'Devil Inside' bests 'Ghost Protocol'

Does 'Devil Inside' suggest a new studio-filmmaker relationship?

'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' leaves art house, to box office success

-- Amy Kaufman


Photo: Simon Quarterman and Isabella Rossi star in "The Devil Inside." Credit: Paramount Pictures