Ring Circles Competition, Jonah on The Rise

The Ring, DreamWorks’ remake of the 1998 Japanese phenomenon Ringu, was golden at the boxoffice over the weekend. The supernatural chiller, featuring visual effects by Rhythm & Hues, Tippett Studio and Asylum, brought in an estimated $15 million to grab the No.1 spot and stomp the fire out of Red Dragon.

The first chapter in the Hannibal Lecter saga fell to the No. 3 spot as Sweet Home Alabama clung to second place on it’s way to the coveted $100 million mark. Other newcomers Abandon and Formula 51 saw weak openings, coming in at sixth and 12th place respectively.

Amidst a sea of adult-oriented offerings, the CG animated family flick Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie swam upstream from No. 11 to No. 8 with wider release in its third week. The film brought in another $4 million for Big Idea and Artisan, surpassing its production budget by more than $2 million.