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Last Updated: Monday, 9 January 2006, 10:13 GMT
Horror film Hostel topples Narnia
Jay Hernandez in Hostel
Hostel performed better than expected at the box office
Low-budget horror film Hostel has topped the US box office in its first three days of opening.

The film about three young backpackers who become the victims of a torture ring displaced The Chronicles of Narnia from the top spot.

Hostel, directed by Eli Roth, took an estimated $20.1m (11.35m), according to early studio estimates.

Peter Jackson's King Kong dropped to third spot in the chart with takings of $12.5m (7m).

Hostel, which was produced for less than $5m (2.8m), was purportedly inspired by true events and is described as "graphic and deeply disturbing" by the film-makers.

1. Hostel
2. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (above)
3. King Kong
4. Fun With Dick and Jane
5. Cheaper By the Dozen 2
Source: Exhibitor Relations

It centres around three male travellers who are lured by two east European women into a secretive chamber where members of a torture ring seek to carry out depraved acts.

Kill Bill's Quentin Tarantino served as an executive producer for the film.

The Jim Carrey comedy Fun with Dick and Jane dropped from third to fourth spot with ticket sales of $12.2m (6.9m), followed by rival comedy adventure Cheaper By The Dozen 2, starring Steve Martin, in fifth

Steven Spielberg's revenge thriller "Munich" jumped four places to number six with $7.5m m (4.25m).


The film, which is based on events that transpired after the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, has earned $25.2m (14.26m) after three weekends on limited release.

Director Ang Lee's gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain, which has racked up award season accolades, returned to the top 10 by rising four places to number nine with $5.8m (3.28m) from 483 cinemas.

Meanwhile, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - which raked in estimated ticket receipts of $15.4m (8.7m) in the US - remained at the top of the foreign box office with an estimated haul of $30.6m (17.27m), as its total rose to $277m (156.8m).

The Disney film follows the Pevensie children, who discover a wardrobe which is a gateway to the magical land of Narnia.

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