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Low-budget The Purge scares up $45 million in tickets at US box office

Published on Jun 10, 2013 6:20 AM
 
This film image released by Universal Pictures shows a scene from "The Purge." Low-budget horror film The Purge jumped to the top of the North American box office in its opening weekend with US$36.4 million (S$45.5 million) in ticket sales, estimates showed on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Low-budget horror film The Purge jumped to the top of the North American box office in its opening weekend with US$36.4 million (S$45.5 million) in ticket sales, estimates showed on Sunday.

Universal's US$3 million feature stars Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey as parents fighting off a home invasion during a night when all crime is legal in an America of the near-future.

It came ahead of Fast & Furious 6, the action sequel starring Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez that scored US$19.8 million for a total of US$203 million over three weeks in theaters.

In third place came crime thriller Now You See Me, in which an FBI agent and an Interpol detective hunt down a team of illusionists performing bank heists during their shows, with US$19.5 million.

 
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