Horror flick, The Conjuring, debuted atop the North American box office this weekend, scaring away all competitors, industry figures showed Monday.
The creepy film about paranormal investigators, starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, took in $41.9 million, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said. The newcomer pushed Despicable Me 2, the animated sequel with Steve Carell again voicing villain-turned-doting father Gru, into second place at $24.9 million.
Fellow newbie, Turbo, a computer-animated comedy about a speed-loving snail, came in third with $21.3 million between Friday and Sunday. It was followed by Grown Ups 2, a sequel about a group of middle-aged men who reunite after the death of their basketball coach and spend the summer together.
The film, a star vehicle for comedians Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, brought in $19.9 million. Fifth place went to action comedy, Red 2, a sequel whose high-profile cast includes Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren, at $18 million.
The Godzilla-like monsters of, Pacific Rim, trailed in sixth place with $16 million. Seventh went to the debut supernatural flick, R.I.P.D., about a murdered police officer recruited to serve in an afterlife force. Featuring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon, it took in $12.7 million. The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock as a talented but haughty FBI agent alongside Melissa McCarthy as a rough-and-ready Boston cop, was next with $9.3 million.
Ninth place went to World War Z, in which Brad Pitt plays a former UN investigator trying to save the world from a zombie invasion, with $5.2 million.
Monsters University, a prequel to Pixar's 2001 smash Monsters, Inc., rounded out the top 10 with $5.1 million.