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Horror film 'Purge' surprise winner at box office

The horror movie "The Purge" was the surprise winner at the weekend box office, taking in $36.4 million.
The horror movie "The Purge" was the surprise winner at the weekend box office, taking in $36.4 million.
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The suspense thriller “The Purge” topped the weekend box office with a shocking $36.4 million that doubled industry expectations, according to studio estimates Sunday. Audiences starved for a horror option flocked to the micro-budget Universal film starring Ethan Hawke. The film’s strong opening performance minted another box-office hit for “Paranormal Activity” producer Jason Blum. Like that horror franchise, “The Purge” was made for relative peanuts — just $3 million — making it an extremely lucrative ...

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