"The Purge" starring Ethan Hawke set a new record at the weekend box office. At $36.4 million, the Universal chiller raked in the highest opening numbers for an original R-rated horror film -- that is, not a remake or a sequel. In contrast, 20th Century Fox's "The Internship," which reunites "The Wedding Crashers" stars, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, brought in a paltry $18.1 million. Given that the film cost a reported $58 million to make, this seems like a failing grade.
Also in the Top 10, the J.J. Abrams-helmed "Star Trek Into Darkness" (Paramount) became the fourth ever film to cross the $200 million mark domestically, and "The Hangover Part III" (Warner Bros.) was the ninth film to cross the $100 million mark.
In notable art house opening news, Joss Whedon's highly-anticipated "Much Ado About Nothing averaged $37,000 per screen. On just five screens so far, that makes a total of $185,000. The film will open wider domestically this month.
Here are the Top 10 films at the June 7 weekend box office:
1. The Purge (Universal)
2. Fast & Furious 6 (Universal)
3. Now You See Me (Lionsgate)
4. The Internship (Fox)
5. Epic (Fox)
6. Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount)
7. After Earth (Sony)
8. The Hangover Part III (Warner Bros.)
9. Iron Man 3 (Disney)
10. The Great Gatsby (Warner Bros.)
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