'The Roommate' tops weekend box office

Actresses Minka Kelly (L) and Leighton Meester (R) arrive at the Screening Of Screen Gems' 'The Roommate' on January 23, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.
Actresses Minka Kelly (L) and Leighton Meester (R) arrive at the Screening Of Screen Gems' 'The Roommate' on January 23, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. Valerie Macon/Getty Images

It was another sluggish weekend at movie theaters across the country.

The college thriller "The Roommate" opened at the top of the box office this weekend. But it's another weekend that isn’t too thrilling for Hollywood studio executives.

The numbers have been down by nearly 25 percent compared to last year. That is largely because the record-setting blockbuster “Avatar” was in the theaters pulling in 3D dollars.

Another movie opening this weekend has a James Cameron touch. The "Avatar" director is a producer of the movie "Sanctum" that opened this weekend at number two.

It’s a 3D underwater cave adventure story about explorers trapped in a monstor storm. It shored up just over $9 million.

“No Strings Attached” is number three. "The King's Speech" is number four and "The Green Hornet" is number five. Overall business at the box office is down for the 13th straight weekend.

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