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'Hostel' opens on top

By wire services
Published January 9, 2006

The bloody Hostel, a tale of buddies who stumble into a den of violent depravity, debuted at No. 1 at the weekend box office with $20.1-million, bumping The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which earned $15.4-million, down to No. 2. King Kong was third with $12.5-million.

Expanding to more theaters, the acclaimed Brokeback Mountain finished at No. 9 with $5.75-million.

After a slump that saw movie attendance fall 7 percent in 2005, Hollywood was off to a good start this year. The top 12 movies grossed $106.7-million, up 9 percent from the same weekend in '05.

Pink marries racer

Singer Pink, 26, and motocross racer Carey Hart, 30, tied the knot in Costa Rica on Saturday. More than 100 guests attended the wedding, which was held on the beach at the Four Seasons resort, People magazine reported. "We just love the beach, so we knew we wanted it to be at the beach," the rock star told the magazine. Pink, whose real name is Alecia Moore, met Hart at the 2001 X Games in Las Vegas and proposed to him last summer during a race in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

[Last modified January 9, 2006, 00:56:11]

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