Reese Witherspoon's romantic comedy Just Like Heaven has knocked The Exorcism of Emily Rose from the top of the US box office after debuting with a haul of $16.5 million (GBP9.1 million).

In its second weekend, horror film The Exorcism of Emily Rose earned $15.3 million (GBP8.5 million).

Lord of War, starring Nicolas Cage as an arms dealer pursued by Interpol agent Ethan Hawke, debuted in third place with $9.2 million (GBP5.1 million).

THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN continued its successful run, moving to fourth place with $5.8 million (GBP3.2 million), followed by CRY WOLF, which opened with $4.6 million (GBP2.5 million).