Box Office: 'Woman In Black 2' Scares Up $7.75M Friday

January 3, 2015 4:25 PM

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If it’s New Year’s Weekend, it must be schlock horror films! In a repeat of a bizarre pattern that goes back ten years, the only new opener of the year is a low-budget, low-expectations horror title. This unofficial law began in January 2005 with the eye-popping $24 million debut of Michael Keaton’s White Noise. Even back in 2005, it was unusual to see Michael Keaton in an out-and-out lead role, as it was his first since Desperate Measures and Jack Frost respectively began and ended 1998.

Anyway, the PG-13 ghost story made 42% of its $56m domestic total on opening weekend, and a box office pattern was born. We started 2006 with Hostel ($19.5m debut/$47m domestic finish), began 2008 with the infamously 0% on Rotten Tomatoes One Missed Call ($12.5m/$26m), kicked off 2011 with the delay...

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