'Devil' tops U.S. box office with $34.5M

Jan. 8, 2012 at 2:57 PM

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- "The Devil Inside" took the No. 1 spot at the U.S. box office during the weekend with $34.5 million in gross box office receipts.

Variety said it was the best ever domestic debut to start a new year.

"Devil" is also the third-highest January debut, behind 2008's "Cloverfield," with $40.1 million, and the 1997's "Star Wars" reissue, with $35.9 million opening in 1997, the newspaper said. Both of those films were launched in mid- to late-January.

"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" was second with $20.5 million; "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" third with $14.1 million; "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" fourth with $11.3 million.

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," expanding to 809 theaters, up approximately 750 from last weekend, landed in the top 10 with $5.8 million, Variety said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Sherri Shepherd to pay $4K per month for her disavowed child
Jessa Duggar posts baby bump selfie at 22 weeks
Tamera Mowry, Adam Housley welcome baby girl
Miranda Kerr spotted kissing Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel
Tiger Woods denies affair with Amanda Boyd