Ticket buyers turned out in force to see producer Michael Bay’s remake of the classic horror film “Friday the 13th” this weekend. The ill-fated kids at Camp Crystal Lake scored the largest debut on record for a horror film, with an estimated $45.2 million, according to studio estimates. The previous record-holder for a horror film was 2004’s “The Grudge”, with $39 million.

Grabbing second place was the romantic comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You” with $23.4 million, bringing its ten day total to $58.8 million. The thriller “Taken” took third place with $22.2 million on its third week out, bringing the Liam Neeson film $80.9 million to date.

The animated “Coraline” took $19.1 million and fourth place; Disney’s comedy “Confessions of a Shopaholic” starring Isla Fischer, which chronicles the spending habits of the film’s heroine, earned fifth place with $17.3 million on its debut. Clive Owen’s political thriller “The International”, which premiered this weekend, was seventh with $11 million.

Ticket sales jumped 28 percent over last weekend and 43 percent over the same weekend last year. Final figures are due Tuesday because of the President’s Day weekend.

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Box Office Grosses
Week Ending February 15, 2009

Rank Title Weekend Total Gross
1 Friday the 13th (2009) $45.2M $45.2M
2 He’s Just Not That Into You (2009) $23.4M $58.8M
3 Taken (2008/I) $22.2M $80.9M
4 Coraline (2009) $19.1M $39.4M
5 Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) $17.3M $17.3M
6 Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) $13.2M $112M
7 The International (2009) $11M $11M
8 The Pink Panther 2 (2009) $10.5M $23.8M
9 Slumdog Millionaire (2008) $8.72M $88.1M
10 Push (2009) $7.93M $20.3M