Affleck's 'Argo' leads weekend movies

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Ben Affleck in scene from movie "Argo"

Ben Affleck in scene from movie “Argo” (Photo credit: Warner Bros Pictures / AP)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Bolstered by strong reviews and positive word-of- mouth, Ben Affleck’s “Argo” topped the weekend box office, besting the debut of the star-studded, time-bending drama “Cloud Atlas,” according to final figures released today.

“Argo” collected $12.1 million between Friday and Sunday to claim the top spot at the North American box office and push its three-week total to $60.5 million, according to Hollywood.com Box Office.

“Cloud Atlas,” which features Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in a series of roles in multiple time periods, debuted in second place with $9.6 million. That was just enough to beat out the Halloween-season powerhouse “Hotel Transylvania,” a 3-D animated tale that earned $9.4 million over the weekend and has collected $130.4 million over its five-week run.

A pair of horror/thrillers also placed in the top five: “Paranormal Activity 4″ earned $8.5 million over the weekend, while “Silent Hill: Revelation” debuted in fifth place with $8 million.

Rounding out the top 10 films of the weekend were “Taken 2″ ($7.7 million); “Here Comes the Boom” ($5.2 million); “Alex Cross” ($5.1 million); “Sinister” ($5 million); and “Fun Size” ($4.1 million).

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