Screen Gems is back in good form with thriller The Roommate, which easily beat Universal/Relativity’s 3D Sanctum at the Friday box office in grossing an estimated $6.4 million from 2,534 screens.
Sanctum, executive produced by James Cameron, grossed an estimated $3.6 million from 2,787 runs, including more than 2,000 3D runs. The Australian adventure-thriller also is playing in 178 Imax theaters.
Roommate is looking at a weekend gross of $15 million or more, a strong start for the female-driven pic, which stars Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester. The movie, which cost a modest $16 million to produce, is the first film in weeks to draw a younger crowd. Of the audience, 73% were under the age of 25, helping to explain the film’s strength.