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The Purge debuts in the US on $36.4m

Universal’s annus mirabilis continued apace as low budget horror The Purge opened top on $36.4m and Fast & Furious 6 ensured a one-two finish as it crossed $200m in its third weekend.

Genre specialist Jason Blum produced The Purge, which stars Ethan Hawke as the head of a household that faces intruders during a traditional night when the government suspends law enforcement.

James DeMonaco directed and Blum’s fellow producers on the project included Michael Bay.

Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness breached the $200m barrier in its fourth weekend and ranks sixth on $200.1m.

Fast & Furious 6 stands at $202.9m.

Fox did not enjoy a good weekend as Shawn Levy’s Owen Wilson-Vince Vaughn comedy The Internship slumped to an $18.1m number four launch.

Lionsgate-Summit’s magic thriller Now You See Me in third place stands at $61.4m after two weekends while Sony’s Will Smith-Jaden Smith sci-fi After Earth ranks seventh on $46.6m after the same amount of time.

The Great Gatsby in 10th place stands at $136.2m after five weekends and Mud, Jeff Nichols’ southern drama starring Matthew McConaughey, ranks 11th on a terrific $18.6m after seven sessions through Roadside Attractions.

In limited release, busy Roadside Attractions opened Joss Whedon’s Toronto 2012 premiere Much Ado About Nothing on $183,000 from five venues for an excellent $36,600 average.

Next weekend’s wide releases are: Warner Bros’ Superman reboot Man Of Steel starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan; and Sony comedy This Is The End boasting an ensemble that includes Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Michael Cera and Emma Watson.

 Estimated Top 10 North America Jun 7-9 2013
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date

1 (-) The Purge (Universal) UPI $36.4m
2 (1) Fast & Furious 6 (Universal) UPI $19.8m $202.9m
3 (2) Now You See Me (Lionsgate-Summit) Lionsgate Int’l $19.5m $61.4m
4 (-) The Internship (Fox) Fox Int’l $18.1m –

5 (5) Epic (Fox) Fox Int’l $12.1m $84.2m
6 (4) Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount) PPI $11.7m $200.1m
7 (3) After Earth (Sony) SPRI $11.2m $46.6m
8 (6) The Hangover Part III (Warner Bros) WBPI $7.4m $102.4m
9 (7) Iron Man 3 (Buena Vista/Marvel) WDSMPI $5.8m $394.3m
10 (8) The Great Gatsby (Warner Bros-Village Roadshow) WBPI $4.2m $136.2m

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