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Feb062011

'Roommate' Wins Slow Box Office Weekend 

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The big winners at the box office this weekend were big losers just about everywhere else.

Horror film The Roommate, starring Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl fame, came in first notching $15.6 million, and in a distant second was James Cameron's Sanctum grossing $9.2 million.

Despite their relative successes on the silver screen, the movies tanked with reviewers across the country.

Movie rankings aggregator RottenTomatoes.com reported that only 9 percent of critics nationwide recommended The Roommate, which details two women living together in a college dorm. One roommate, played by Minka Kelly, becomes suspicious of the other, Meester, and believes her life is in danger.

Sanctum, Cameron's latest project since 2009's Avatar, scored just a 29 percent approval rating on RottenTomatoes. The film follows five divers exploring an underwater cave when it is besieged by a cyclone and they try to escape.

Overall, box office revenues have been down for 13 straight weeks. Super Bowl weekend is also typically slow as moviegoers eschew the lure of the theater in favor of the NFL's championship game.

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