‘The Ring’ Knocks ‘Red Dragon’ From Top Spot At Box Office

'Sweet Home Alabama' holds onto #2.

Despite the absence of a “Lord of the Rings” chapter in theaters this past weekend, there was still “one ring to rule them all” at the box office.

Creepy, psychological horror flick “The Ring” knocked “Red Dragon” from the top spot at the box office this weekend with a $15 million debut, according to studio estimates released Sunday.

“The Ring,” starring Naomi Watts (“Mulholland Dr.”), is a remake of one of the most successful Japanese films of all time and no doubt benefited from glowing reviews in the press.

Neither of the weekend’s other widely released pictures (see “Missing Boyfriends, Mysterious Videotapes And Chemical Misadventures In Theaters Friday” ) fared nearly as well. “Dawson’s Creek” star Katie Holmes’ $25 million thriller “Abandon” opened at #6 with $5.3 million, while Samuel L. Jackson’s action comedy “Formula 51″ failed to crack the top 10, landing at #12 with $2.9 million.

“Red Dragon” slid from #1 (see ” ‘Red Dragon’ Fends Off Newcomers, ‘Swept Away’ Fends Off Moviegoers” ) to #3, taking in $8.7 million for a three-week total of $77.8 million (around $50 million less than “Hannibal” made in the same amount of time). (Click for photos from “Red Dragon .”)

Reese Witherspoon’s “Sweet Home Alabama” held onto the #2 spot with $9.6 million. “Alabama” was reportedly made for around $30 million, and with its current $98.5 million total, the romantic comedy looks likely to cross the $100 million mark soon.

In its 27th week of release, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” moved up one spot to #4 with $7.1 million. The independently produced picture has surpassed “Hannibal,” “Batman Returns” and “Big Daddy” — among other huge flicks — with its $169.3 million total.

The rest of the weekend’s top 10 includes “Brown Sugar” at #5 with $5.3 million (for an $18.5 million two-week total); “The Transporter” at #7 with $5 million ($17.1 million, two weeks); Jackie Chan’s “The Tuxedo” at #8 with $4.1 million ($43.1 million, four weeks); “Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie” at #9 with $4.1 million ($16.2 million, three weeks); and “Tuck Everlasting” at #10 with $3.7 million ($10.6 million, two weeks).

“Barbershop” and last week’s “White Oleander” slipped out of the top 10, as did the mob ensemble “Knockaround Guys,” starring Vin Diesel and Seth Green.