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Box-Office Report: Julia Roberts Dribbles while "The Haunting" Brings Them in -- Whaaaat!

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No one's surprised that Monsters Vs. Aliens is No. 1 at the box-office with a $58 million weekend take. 3-D movies seem to be getting audiences off their couches and off to the multiplex. The problem? Except for Seth Rogen's hilarious voicing of BOB the blob, 3-D is really all this movie has. Box-office is up a huge 40 percent over the same weekend last year. The economy is in the toilet yet people are going out to the movies in record numbers.

One major exception is Duplicity, the sassy caper that suffers from an overcomplicated plot. This was supposed to be the movie that brought back the Julia Roberts heat. Guess not. It took in a measly $7 million. Many pundits are claiming this marks the end of Roberts' power to open a movie and the end of her big paydays. [What do you think? ](mailto:asktravers@rollingstone.com)

The major surprise for me this weekend is the boffo $23 million take of The Haunting in Connecticut, a ghost story almost totally devoid of scares. Except for the scene with the eyelids being removed from dead bodies -- that's a keeper! The mom and dad in the movie, played by Virginia Madsen and Martin Donovan (please, guys, fire your agents!) have moved their family into a house that used to be a mortuary. Every stupid scare tactic from The Amityville Horror to The Sixth Sense has been ripped off and sucked dry of all originality. I actually paid to see this crap on Friday. [Did you?](mailto:asktravers@rollingstone.com) If you want to read about my experience with Haunting at the multiplex, follow me on [Twitter.](http://twitter.com/petertravers)

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