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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Weekend box office: 'The Roommate' wins and critics lose

By Jen Chaney

Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester: BFFs from H-E-L-L in "The Roommate." (Sony/Screen Gems)

Cast identical-looking, very attractive actresses in a schlocky horror movie and know what you get? The No. 1 movie in America.

Yes, a few of you actually spent a portion of this Super Bowl weekend at the movies. And because of that, we bring you a box office rundown complete with congratulations (to "The Roommate"), condolences (to the critics, who once again seem irrelevant since they didn't get to screen "The Roommate" in advance) and a list of the top five movies in the country.

Congratulations to...

Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly and the whole team behind "The Roommate," who managed to essentially remake "Single White Female" and still earn $15.6 million, enough to snag the box office top spot. Well done doesn't seem like the right phrase to use here ... how about, enjoy the money you managed to make off of moviegoers with low standards?

"The King's Speech," which rose a notch in the box office rankings (from No. 5 to 4), brought in another $8.3 million and raised its total gross to $84.1 million. This good news certainly is due in part to the Weinstein Company's announcement that the Queen of England saw the film and liked it. The Queen's endorsement = blockbuster numbers.

And condolences to...

The movie business overall, which, according to Box Office Mojo, experienced its least-attended Super Bowl weekend in 15 years. For the record, that year was 1996, when the top 10 movies at the box office included "Screamers," "Jumanji," "From Dusk Til Dawn" and, at No. 1, "Mr. Holland's Opus."

Movie critics, who were totally bypassed by Sony and didn't get to review "The Roommate" ahead of its release. That gamble totally paid off for the studio, of course, which means that Hollywood will continue to feel empowered to let lousy films avoid being reviewed in advance because, hey, they make money anyway.

"Sanctum," which co-opted James Cameron's name (he produced) and tried to capitalize on inflated 3-D ticket prices but still only made $1.2 million.

"The Rite": This Anthony Hopkins flick feel from first place to sixth, dropping business by more than 62 percent. Not an excellent weekend for an exorcism, apparently.

Here's the list of weekend's top five movies (based on studio projections), followed by our usual poll that asks you to predict next weekend's winner.

1. "The Roommate" -- $15.6 million
2. "Sanctum" -- $9.2 million
3. "No Strings Attached" -- $8.4 million
4. "The King's Speech" -- $8.3 million
5. "The Green Hornet" -- $6.1 million

By Jen Chaney  | February 7, 2011; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Weekend Box Office  
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Comments

Forget about this nonsense. Here is the BIGGEST movie news to date.

Actress Tura Satana Dies at 72.

If you don't know who this is, Google is your friend!

Posted by: elias_howe | February 7, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Bieber, of course. Never understimate the power of teenage hormones.

Posted by: DCCubefarm | February 7, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Just to give you a hint she starred in a movie that Filmmaker John Waters even called it "not only the best movie ever made but the best movie that ever will be made."

Posted by: elias_howe | February 7, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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