Friday the 13th slashes competition to rank number one

Friday the 13th killed in its opening weekend, taking in an estimated $42.2 million to top the Valentine's Day weekend box office, the Associated Press reported. [Update: Warner Brothers figures for the four-day President's Day weekend were $45.2 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.]

[Update 2: Actual box-office figures on Tuesday downgraded the four-day take to $43.6 million.]

That's a record for the horror genre, topping the $39.1 million debut for 2004's The Grudge. (Accounting for today's higher admission prices, The Grudge still has a slight edge in number of tickets sold.)

Friday the 13th bumped off the previous weekend's top earner, He's Just Not That Into You, which fell to second place with $19.6 million.

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