The Rite tops U.S. box office

The exorcism-themed film bumped last week’s topper, Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman comedy No Strings Attached, to second place with $13.7 million (£9.1 million).

Tying for third are action thriller The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham, and comedy The Green Hornet, featuring Seth Rogen. Both films raked in $11.5 million (£7.7 million), according to box office estimates released on Sunday (30Jan11).

Rounding out the top five is Oscar-nominated British monarchy drama The King’s Speech, which followed with $11.1 million (£7.4million), bringing the film to a 10-week total of $72.2 million (£48.1 million).