'Wild Things' wins Friday boxoffice

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Warner Bros.' fantasy "Where the Wild Things Are" got off to a rousing start to a competitive weekend with a chart-topping $11.9 million in opening boxoffice on Friday.

The better-than-expected performance over its first day in release means the Spike Jonze-directed children's book adaptation could best prerelease projections and bow above a forecasted range of $25 million-$30 million.

Another domestic opener -- Overture Films' crime thriller "Law Abiding Citizen" -- also seemed to outperform expectations with $7.7 million in first-day coin. Ranked second among all Friday grossers, F. Gary Gray-helmed "Citizen" was touted to fetch teen millions in its first weekend and looks well on track to hit or surpass that target range.

Paramount expanded its micro-budgeted ghost story "Paranormal Activity" by 600 runs for a total 760 and registered $6.7 million in third place on the day, with a $20.3 million cume. The studio is expected to widen the surprise platform hit further next weekend.

Universal's ensemble comedy "Couple's Retreat" took fourth place, fetching $5.8 from its eighth day in release -- or 53% less than in the film's first Friday -- for a $52.4 million cume.

Sony Screen Gems' modestly budgeted horror thriller "The Stepfather" debuted in fifth place with a soft $4.3 million. Though rated PG-13, "Stepfather" may have been hurt by some audience overlap with R-rated "Paranormal."
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