In a week marked by revelations of perceived government misdeeds and more than a little mayhem, Universal's "The Purge" has soared past sales expectations.
The dystopian suspense thriller sucked in an estimated $36.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
That's nearly double industry expectations. It was the lone horror option in the marketplace. Its strong opening performance minted another box-office hit for "Paranormal Activity" producer Jason Blum.
The Google-promoting comedy "The Internship" opened with $18.1 million, a decent debut for Fox's Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn comedy.
But that was good enough only for fourth place, as Universal's "Fast & Furious 6" earned $19.8 million in its third week of release. And the magician movie "Now You See Me" also held strong in its second week, earning $19.5 million for Lionsgate.