‘Ray’ Comes On Strong But Is No Match For ‘The Grudge’

Sarah Michelle Gellar flick rakes in another $22.4 million.

Like the film’s supernatural force that grips onto its victims and refuses to relent, “The Grudge” has attached itself to the #1 spot in the box-office top 10 for another week.

The horror flick, an English-language remake of last year’s Japanese-language “Ju-on,” spent its second consecutive week at #1, bringing in $22.4 million, according to early estimates. The film stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as an American nurse living in Tokyo, in a home haunted by a curse that takes over its inhabitants and forces them to die in a fit of rage.

Flanked on either side by fright flicks is the Ray Charles biopic, “Ray,” starring Jamie Foxx. The film, which chronicles the life of the late soul singer from his childhood in Georgia through his burgeoning music career, bowed at #2 with $20.1 million.

“Saw,” the thriller which stars Danny Glover and Cary Elwes, centers on a serial killer nicknamed “Jigsaw” and his gruesome murder rituals. The film entered the top 10 at #3 with $17.4 million.

With the combined weight of two new blockbuster releases, the films which took the #2, #3 and #4 spots last week were pushed down two notches each. After a lengthy run at the top of the box-office top 10, “Shark Tale” has continued its descent, sinking two spots further down from #2 to #4 with $8 million.

“Shall We Dance?,” which features the pairing of Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere, slipped from #3 to #5 with more than $6.2 million in ticket sales.

“Friday Night Lights,” the drama about a high school football team from a football-obsessed Texas town, was knocked down from #4 to #6 with $4.1 million.

Rounding out the top 10 this week are “Ladder 49,” which falls a rung from #6 to #7 with more than $3.3 million; “Team America: World Police,” which drops from #5 to #8 with $3.1 million; “Surviving Christmas,” which slides from #7 to #9 with $2.6 million; and “Taxi,” which tumbles from #8 to #10 with more than $2.1 million.

Overall, ticket sales were up slightly from the corresponding weekend last year.

Next week, look for Jude Law’s “Alfie” and the animated “The Incredibles” to debut in the box-office top 10.

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