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Dimension may have the last laugh with Christmas counterprogramming

For more than two years, it seemed “Darkness,” the haunted house pic Dimension picked up from Spain’s edgy Filmax horror label, would never see the light.

But the decision to open the Jaume Balaguero-helmed pic on Christmas Day, as eerie counterprogramming to the likes of the Fockers, may give Dimension the last laugh. Acquired for $4 million, the pic grossed a respectable $6 million in its first weekend, drawing suburban teens looking for a scarefest to cap off their Christmas cheer.

Despite dismal reviews for a cast of thesps who have seen better days, including Anna Pacquin, Lena Olin and Giancarlo Giannini, the pic likely will trickle into profit.

Key to its solid teen draw was Dimension’s careful excision of a few gory scenes to snag a PG-13 rating, a move also recently made by “The Grudge” and “Godsend.”

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