- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The exorcism fright film “The Devil Inside” beat industry expectations by a longshot with a $33.7 million debut, more than twice the amount the most optimistic forecasts predicted it would take in.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. “The Devil Inside,” Paramount Insurge, $33,732,515, 2,285 locations, $14,763 average, $33,732,515, one week.

2. “Mission: Impossible _ Ghost Protocol,” Paramount, $19,868,059, 3,555 locations, $5,589 average, $169,568,971, four weeks.

3. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” Warner Bros., $13,689,321, 3,603 locations, $3,799 average, $157,049,382, four weeks.

4. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Sony, $11,364,714, 2,914 locations, $3,900 average, $76,900,628, three weeks.

5. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” Fox, $9,496,913, 3,425 locations, $2,773 average, $111,585,367, four weeks.

6. “War Horse,” Disney, $8,679,470, 2,783 locations, $3,119 average, $56,904,682, three weeks.

7. “We Bought a Zoo,” Fox, $8,305,797, 3,170 locations, $2,620 average, $56,399,906, three weeks.

8. “The Adventures of Tintin,” Paramount, $6,727,740, 3,006 locations, $2,238 average, $62,008,015, three weeks.

9. “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” Focus, $5,478,521, 809 locations, $6,772 average, $10,129,670, five weeks.

10. “The Darkest Hour,” Summit, $3,124,316, 2,163 locations, $1,444 average, $18,690,605, three weeks.

11. “New Year’s Eve,” Warner Bros., $3,107,343, 1,864 locations, $1,667 average, $51,868,140, five weeks.

12. “The Descendants,” Fox Searchlight, $2,584,137, 737 locations, $3,506 average, $43,960,700, eight weeks.

13. “Hugo,” Paramount, $1,600,751, 843 locations, $1,899 average, $52,630,908, seven weeks.

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