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div class="track"img alt="" src="http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.22.4/11616?ns=guardianpageName=The+Devil+Inside%27s+dark+horror+puts+its+competitors+in+the+shade%3AArticle%3A1720207ch=Filmc3=GU.co.ukc4=Film+industry%2CHorror+%28Film+genre%29%2CFilm%2CCulturec5=Unclassified%2CNot+commercially+usefulc6=Charles+Gantc7=12-Mar-20c8=1720207c9=Articlec10=Blogpostc11=Filmc13=Box+office+analysis%3A+UKc25=c30=contentc42=Cultureh2=GU%2FCulture%2FFilm%2FFilm+industry" width="1" height="1" //divp class="standfirst"It was slammed by US film fans and initially hidden from UK critics, but The Devil Inside's tale of exorcism has proved an instant hit at the box office/ph2strongThe winner/strong/h2pIt enjoys a measly 7% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and scored 18/100 at Metacritic. When it opened in the US, it suffered the rare ignominy of being rated F by film fans measured by market research firm CinemaScore. In the UK, it avoided the slings and arrows of newspaper critics by the simple expedient of not screening to them until the day of release. But none of this mattered too much at the box office, with exorcism horror a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/145586/the-devil-inside" title=""The Devil Inside/a (rumoured production budget: £630,000) dethroning a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/142787/john-carter" title=""John Carter/a (rumoured production budget: £158m) from the chart summit. With a decent £1.99m opening, this was enough to land it more than £400,000 ahead of action comedy a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/146336/21-jump-street" title=""21 Jump Street/a./ppGenre films traditionally see a front-loaded skew, and none more than horror, so it's perhaps no surprise to see Friday deliver The Devil Inside's best result, with a noticeable drop on Saturday, and then a steep fall on Sunday. The declining revenue curve day by day does not exactly augur well for a long, strong run for the film. In the US, the picture opened with $33.7m (£21.2m), but has only achieved $53.2m in total after an absurdly rapid burnout. It is highly unusual for a film to gross less than double its opening – even the latter a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/132462/saw-vi" title=""Saw/a flicks just about managed it. /ph2strongThe rival newbies/strong/h2pLanding in second place, 21 Jump Street opened with a solid £1.56m, behind the pace of its concurrent US debut of $36m. The number is an improvement on star Jonah Hill's most recent comedy opening, a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/145446/sitter" title=""The Sitter/a (£910,000). a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/136311/get-him-to-the-greek" title=""Get Him to the Greek/a, which paired him with Russell Brand, debuted in June 2010 with £1.57m, including £495,000 in previews. 21 Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum is not known for comedy. His recent romantic drama, a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/145707/vow" title=""The Vow/a, opened with £1.09m five weeks ago./ppAlso landing in the top 10 are Mark Wahlberg thriller a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/145687/contrabrand" title=""Contraband/a and Matt Damon family drama a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/142859/we-bought-a-zoo" title=""We Bought a Zoo/a. Both were always going to struggle to match The Devil Inside and 21 Jump Street, which had more clearly defined audiences. We Bought a Zoo, a family film that's targeted at parents rather than children, represents a distribution challenge, although it's one that, say, a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/142607/war-horse" title=""War Horse/a recently overcame (£18.57m to date). Wahlberg's last film, a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/140166/fighter" title=""The Fighter/a, kicked off its impressive run with £2.19m including previews of £463,000, compared to £684,000 for Contraband./ph2strongThe immovable object/strong/h2pWith a slim decline of just 14% from the previous weekend, a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/145794/best-exotic-marigold-hotel" title=""The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel/a continues to defy gravity. John Madden's expat comedy did particularly well on 18 March, when it was the top film in the market by an impressive margin of £80,000. Takings on that day rose by a whopping 35% from the previous Sunday, which had been hit by unseasonally sunny weather. Although it has been the top film on only one of its four weekends of release so far, its day-by-day numbers tell a different story, partly thanks to stellar results midweek. In fact, Marigold Hotel has been the top title on no fewer than 18 of its 24 days of release to date. Its cumulative total of £13.86m compares with £12.65m for a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/96682/calendar.girls" title=""Calendar Girls/a at the same stage of its run, putting Marigold Hotel on a trajectory to reach £22m. Investors including Fox Searchlight and Participant Media would no doubt be delighted with anything above £20m./ph2strongThe arthouse battle/strong/h2pWith £90,600 from 47 screens, Agnieszka Holland's Oscar-nominated a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/146047/in-darkness" title=""In Darkness/a was the top new arthouse title, but its ambitiously wide rollout left its site average looking a tad lacklustre. Meanwhile Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Cannes prizewinner a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/141833/once-upon-a-time-in-anatolia" title=""Once Upon a Time in Anatolia/a scored an impressive £35,100 from just 14 venues – the best ever opening here for the Turkish director./ppMetrodome's strategy for a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/146047/in-darkness" title=""In Darkness/a was to target mainstream Polish audiences alongside the traditional arthouse sector, placing the Lvov-set second world war drama in some of the multiplex venues that have worked in the past year for hits such as a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/145839/sztos-2" title=""Polish Roulette/a and a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/143936/battle-of-warsaw-1920" title=""Battle of Warsaw, 1920/a. Results were encouraging. Although the top five engagements for In Darkness are all arthouse cinemas, led by London's Everyman Belsize Park, the story changes when you look at the bottom half of the film's top 10 sites, including Cineworlds in Aberdeen and London's Hammersmith, Finchley and Wood Green. The film might have done even better in those locations had it not faced competition from new Polish comedy Kac Wawa (Warsaw Hangover). Top sites for the latter were Cineworld Hammersmith and Wood Green, traditionally the strongest UK venues for a mainstream Polish language film./ppAnatolia's number compares with previous Ceylan titles: £26,500 from eight screens for 2006's a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/112341/climates" title=""Climates/a; £16,700 from six for 2002's a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/97575/uzak" title=""Uzak/a (Distant); and £14,500 from five for 2010's a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/128175/three-monkeys" title=""Three Monkeys/a. Anatolia represents the biggest ever opening for niche distributor New Wave Films, whose previous best was a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/138515/quattro-volte" title=""Le Quattro Volte/a. Reviews, including five-star raves in the Guardian and Time Out, were a crucial factor./ph2strongThe losers/strong/h2pPredictably, the previous weekend's under-performing titles fell hard and fast, with a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/146332/raven" title=""The Raven/a crashing from eighth to 16th place thanks to a box-office drop of 80%. a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/146128/bel-ami" title=""Bel Ami/a did a tiny bit better, falling from ninth to 15th with a 71% drop. Sean Bean actioner a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/146333/cleanskin" title=""Cleanskin/a lost the vast majority of its initial 102 screens, a major factor in its plummeting box office, down a painful 97%. Better things are hoped for the DVD release./ph2strongThe future/strong/h2pThe weekend overall comes 38th in rankings of the past 52 frames – mid-table respectability at best. Takings are up an impressive 37% on the equivalent period from 2011, however, when a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/140711/chalet-girl" title=""Chalet Girl/a, a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/140811/anuvahood" title=""Anuvahood/a and a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/139767/lincoln-lawyer" title=""The Lincoln Lawyer/a were the top new titles, and a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/140393/rango" title=""Rango /awas the only film in the market achieving a weekend tally of £1m. Cinemas are now braced for the arrival on Friday of a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/142857/hunger-games" title=""The Hunger Games/a, based on Suzanne Collins's young-adult bestseller, adroitly positioned by backers Lionsgate as "the next Twilight". Other distributors are running scared, with no major Hollywood competition. Instead, a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/146337/act-of-valour" title=""Act of Valour/a, starring real-life US marines, delivers macho action, and actor a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/144238/wild-bill" title=""Dexter Fletcher/a's directorial debut Wild Bill is a British alternative. The Bollywood audience is being offered Agent Vinod, starring Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, and arthouse fans are being treated with the Dardenne brothers' a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/144222/kid-with-a-bike" title=""The Kid with a Bike/a./ph2strongTop 10 films/strong/h2pstrong1./strong The Devil Inside, £1,988,461 from 377 sites strong(New)/strongbr /strong2./strong 21 Jump Street, £1,556,039 from 389 sites strong(New)/strongbr /strong3./strong The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, £1,530,112 from 479 sites. strongTotal:/strong £13,855,438/ppstrong4./strong John Carter, £965,946 from 452 sites. strongTotal:/strong £3,812,377/ppstrong5./strong We Bought a Zoo, £850,651 from 428 sites strong(New)/strong/ppstrong6./strong Contraband, £683,654 from 412 sites strong(New)/strong/ppstrong7./strong a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/142855/woman-in-black" title=""The Woman in Black/a, £544,636 from 384 sites. strongTotal:/strong £20,473,795/ppstrong8./strong a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/145708/this-means-war" title=""This Means War/a, £431,648 from 321 sites. strongTotal:/strong £4,502,928/ppstrong9./strong a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/145286/muppets" title=""The Muppets/a, £395,549 from 481 sites. strongTotal:/strong £15,799,885/ppstrong10./strong a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/146043/safe-house" title=""Safe House/a, £268,288 from 282 sites. strongTotal:/strong £6,779,478/ph2strongOther openers/strong/h2pIn Darkness, £90,558 from 47 sites/ppKac Wawa, 42 sites, £41,274/ppOnce Upon a Time in Anatolia, 14 sites, £35,117/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/146126/bill-cunningham-new-york" title=""Bill Cunningham New York/a, five sites, £9,979 (+ £3,197 previews)/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/142747/other-side-of-sleep" title=""The Other Side of Sleep/a, three sites, £1,375/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/144052/how-to-re-establish-a-vodka-empire" title=""How to Re-establish a Vodka Empire/a, three sites £844/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/146334/booked-out" title=""Booked Out/a, one site £223/pdiv class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"ullia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/film-industry"Film industry/a/lilia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/horror"Horror/a/li/ul/divdiv class="author"a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/charles-gant"Charles Gant/a/divbr/div class="terms"a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk"guardian.co.uk/a copy; 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. 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