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Eli Roth's kids movie 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls' is poised to top the U.S. box office

Eli Roth's kids movie 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls' is poised to top the U.S. box office

Hey kids, get ready for the next No. 1 movie in America — brought to you by the guy who made “Hostel.”

That’s right, filmmaker Eli Roth, who rose to fame as one of top purveyors of ultra-violent horror in the mid-2000s, has emerged from his torture chamber to direct Amblin Entertainment’s spooky adventure “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.”

Roth’s foray into children’s entertainment is a surprising career switch, even in an industry in which Wes Craven made “Music of the Heart.”

But if it works, the film will represent a return to form of sorts for Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin Entertainment, for which live-action...

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