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