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'Happy Death Day' scares off 'Blade Runner' at box office

The box office might be struggling this year, but the horror genre is alive and well.

This weekend the "Groundhog Day"-like horror pic "Happy Death Day" scored a first-place finish, surpassing expectations and blowing the much costlier and star-driven "Blade Runner 2049" out of the water.

Studio estimates Sunday show "Happy Death Day" took in $26.5 million from 3,149 North American theaters. With a $5 million production price tag, "Happy Death Day" is already a hit.

With a PG-13 rating, the film scored big with younger audiences — 63 percent were under 25.

It's the latest success story from Blumhouse...

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