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Amityville return tops US chart
The Amityville Horror
Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George star in The Amityville Horror
A return to the Amityville movie franchise has proved rewarding, with the film topping the North American box office in its opening weekend.

The Amityville Horror, which stars Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George, had takings of $23.3m (12.3m).

It knocked adventure movie Sahara into second place, with receipts of $13.1m (6.9m) over the three-day period.

The US version of Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch remained in third place in a quiet week for new releases.

The film, which swaps soccer for baseball, took $8.8m (4.6m) in its second weekend.

Top five North American films
1. The Amityville Horror
2. Sahara
3. Fever Pitch
4. Sin City
5. Guess Who
Source: Exhibitor Relations

In fourth place position was Bruce Willis' Sin City, which slipped one place, followed by Guess Who, starring Ashton Kutcher.

But it was a disappointing weekend for the industry in general with sales down for the seventh week in a row, and down 13% on the same weekend last year.

"This is a major slump," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

"I think the industry is holding its collective breath for the turnaround. What is going to be the movie that reverses this down trend? Thankfully, summer looks really good."

In the coming weeks the big releases will include Nicole Kidman's The Interpreter, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the final instalment of Star Wars on 19 May.

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