‘Messengers’ tops weak weekend at box office

Biz for most pics, whether wide studio holdovers or Oscar hopefuls, went slip-sliding away over the Super Bowl weekend as ticket sales dropped sharply from the same frame a year ago. After winning the past six straight Super Bowl weekends at the B.O. by rolling out horror and genre fare, Sony succeeded again with the same strategy, taking the No. 1 spot with supernatural pic “The Messengers.” Movie — from the studio’s genre arm, Screen Gems, and production banner Ghost House — led a soft frame at the movies overall.

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