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OTRC: Anthony Hopkins flick 'The Rite' tops weekend box office

Anthony Hopkins in a still from the 2011 film, 'The Rite.' (Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema)

Anthony Hopkins' new horror exorcism flick, "The Rite" has topped Friday's box office with an estimated $5.3 million from 3,022 theaters, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie is about an American priest named Father Lucas Trevant (Hopkins) who travels to Italy to attend a class on exorcism.

The film is based on the book "The Making of a Modern Exorcist" by Rome-based author Matt Baglio. Baglio took a seminar on exorcism at the Vatican and followed a California bishop he met there on over twenty exorcisms for his research. When he only had a book proposal, producers Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") purchased the movie rights.

"The Rite" came out in theaters on January 28, 2011.

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