The Devil Inside vs. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

‘Devil Inside’ lifts Hollywood spirits with $34.5M; surprise horror hit raises 2012 hopes

In this film image released by Paramount Pictures, Suzan Crowley plays Maria, left, and Fernanda Andrade plays Isabella Rossi in a scene from "The Devil Inside." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The fright film “The Devil Inside” scared up a monstrous $34.5 million opening weekend to help Hollywood exorcise its recent box-office demons, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The surprise hit from Paramount Pictures debuted well above industry expectations as horror fans crowded theatres for the low-budget tale about exorcists trying to free a woman possessed by evil spirits.

Between “The Devil Inside” and solid results for holdover films, Hollywood’s business soared over the first full weekend of 2012 after a sluggish holiday season that ended a ho-hum year at the box office.

Overall domestic revenues totalled $144 million, up 29 per cent from the same weekend last year, when “True Grit” led with $14.6 million, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

 

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