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'Race to Witch Mountain' takes early box office lead as 'Watchmen' plummets

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Dwayne Johnson’s Disney update Race to Witch Mountain kicked off the weekend in first position, grossing $6.8 million at the box office on Friday. Family films tend to earn a lot of their money on weekend days, so this movie is well on target to pull further ahead on Saturday and Sunday and win the frame with a gross in the mid-$20 mil range. Meanwhile, the weekend’s other new remake, The Last House on the Left, scared up $5.6 mil on Friday the 13th. Fellow freshman flick Miss March was out of the running with just $890,000. And reigning champ Watchmen dropped a hugely disappointing 78 percent from a week ago to bring in a mere $5.4 mil. Friday’s figures are below, and please check back here on Sunday for a full weekend recap in the Box Office Report.

1. Race to Witch Mountain — $6.8 mil
2. The Last House on the Left — $5.6 mil
3. Watchmen — $5.4 mil
4. Taken — $2.1 mil
5. Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail — $1.5 mil

More Box Office News:
Box Office Preview: Will ‘Race to Witch Mountain’ brew up a win?
‘Watchmen’ wins the weekend with $55.7 mil
‘Madea’ tops ‘Jonas Brothers’ for a second box office win
‘Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail’ wins big at the box office
Friday the 13th’ slashes records
EW.com’s Box Office Chart