'Devil Inside' tops North American box office - Emirates24|7

'Devil Inside' tops North American box office

US actor Tom Cruise at the UK premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" in central London in 2011. The Cruise movie, which earned $20.5 million at the weekend according to the preliminary figures, has amassed $170.2 million since its release. (AFP)

The newly-released horror flick "The Devil Inside" topped the North American box office at the weekend, according to industry data published by Exhibitor Relations Monday.

The dark tale about a girl trying to lead an exorcism on her mother took $33.7 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada, and knocked Tom Cruise's "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," off the top spot.

The Cruise movie, which earned $19.9 million at the weekend according to the figures, has amassed $169.6 million since its release.

The weekend sales figures showed "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" taking $13.7 million, in third place this week, bringing its four-week running total up to $157 million.

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," starring British heartthrob Daniel Craig, took fourth place, taking an estimated $11.4 million in sales, followed by "Alvin And the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," with $9.5 million in fifth.

"War Horse," a drama from director Steven Spielberg, garnered $8.7 million for sixth position, and "We Bought A Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson was in seventh place on $8.3 million.

"The Adventures Of Tintin," ($6.7 million), "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," ($5.5 million), and "The Darkest Hour" ($3.1 million), rounded out the top ten films.

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