Despite predominantly negative reviews, the “Friday the 13th” remake easily topped the President’s Day Weekend box-office with a genre best of $45.2 million over the four-day holiday.
The result was far better than the other two newcomers – the highly panned comedy “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and the mixed-reviewed thriller “The International” which came in fifth with $17.3 million and eighth with $10.7 million respectively.
Coming in second with $23.4 million was ensemble rom-com “He’s Just Not That Into You” which fell a mere 29% in its second weekend.
Faring even better were Liam Neeson-led action thriller “Taken” in third with $22.2 million and stop-motion fantasy “Coraline” in fourth with $19.1 million, both managing to increase their takings from last week.
“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” came in sixth with $13.9 million, “The Pink Panther 2” was seventh with $10.8 million, and “Slumdog Millionaire” was ninth with $8.7 million. “Push” rounded out the Top Ten with $7.9 million.
On the limited release front “Gomorrah” scored an excellent $20,540 per screen average on five screens, while Joaquin Phoenix’s supposed last film “Two Lovers” did an excellent $17,143 average across seven screens.