"Knowing" leads at box office

March 23, 2009 3:55:07 AM PDT
It's clear what movie audiences wanted to see this weekend: Nicholas Cage and the apocalypse.

The supernatural thriller "Knowing" debuted as the No. 1 movie at the weekend box office with $24.8 million in ticket sales.

It easily topped "I Love You, Man" and "Duplicity," the other films opening in wide release.

"I Love You, Man" was second with $18 million and "Duplicity" was third at $14.4 million.

Rounding out the top five: "Race to Witch Mountain" and "Watchmen."

Factoring in 2009's higher admission prices, the box office total was down 5 percent compared with last year, the second straight weekend of decline.

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