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'The Rite' Debuts Atop the Box Office with $15 Million

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Hopkins' latest film has earned the "rite" to call itself the box office champion.

Hopkins' thriller The Rite debuted in first place over the weekend, earning an estimated $15 million.  It took the top spot away from the romantic comedy No Strings Attached, which dropped to second place, with $13.7 million.  The Jason Statham action flick The Mechanic tied with The Green Hornet for the third spot, with each film collecting $11.5 million.

The King's Speech received a nice Oscar bump, earning $11.1 million, about two million more than it raised the previous weekend.  The film received 12 Oscar nominations last week and is considered a top contender in the best picture category.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Rite, $15 million.
2. No Strings Attached, $13.7 million.
3T. The Green Hornet, $11.5 million.
3T. The Mechanic, $11.5 million.
5. The King's Speech, $11.1 million.
6. True Grit, $7.6 million.
7. The Dilemma, $5.5 million.
8. Black Swan, $5.1 million.
9. The Fighter, $4.1 million.
10. Yogi Bear, $3.2 million.

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'The Rite,' 'The Mechanic Open' Nationwide

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- The Rite: Anthony Hopkins is a priest in Rome who performs exorcisms and takes a seminary student, played by Colin O'Donoghue in his feature film debut, under his wing. The film is rated PG-13.

-- The Mechanic: Jason Statham stars as a "mechanic," or assassin, who seeks revenge for the murder of his mentor.  Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn and Ben Foster also star in this rated R remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson flick.

And expanding into wide release:

-- 127 Hours: James Franco received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a stranded hiker who amputates his own hand to free himself after a rock pins it and traps him in a gorge.  The movie is rated R.

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