‘The Purge’ debuts on top of US box office

Ethan Hawke’s new movie The Purge has debuted at number one at the US box office.

The horror film, set in a near future where all crime is legal for one night a year, achieved sales of $36.379 million during its opening weekend.

It pushed to second place the summer hit Fast & Furious 6, which last month broke Memorial Day records on its debut and has so far made a total gross of over $202m.

Meanwhile, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn’s latest comedy The Internship made its debut in fourth place with $18.1m in tickets sold.

Will Smith’s badly reviewed After Earth, which performed poorly in its opening week, suffered an even bigger blow this weekend as it slipped from number three to number seven, earning $11.2m.

Rounding out the top ten are The Hangover Part III, Iron Man 3 and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

The US box office top ten in full:
1. The Purge – $36,379,000
2. Fast & Furious 6 – $19,760,000
3. Now You See Me – $19,500,000
4. The Internship – $18,100,000
5. Epic – $12,100,000
6. Star Trek Into Darkness – $11,700,000
7. After Earth – $11,200,000
8. The Hangover Part III – $7,380,000
9. Iron Man 3 – $5,787,000
10. The Great Gatsby – $4,230,000