SPIDER-MAN director Sam Raimi's latest movie BOOGEYMAN has opened at the top of the American box office with earnings of $19.5 million (GBP10.2 million).

The film, about a man who tries to overcome his fear of what's lurking in the closet by spending a night in his boyhood home, has beaten Debra Messing's romantic comedy THE WEDDING DATE, which opened at number two with $11 million (GBP5.7 million).

Ice Cube's road-trip comedy Are We There Yet? slipped into third with $10.4 million (GBP5.4 million), while last weekend's number one movie, HIDE AND SEEK, dropped to fourth place with $8.9 million (GBP4.6 million).

Acclaimed movie Million Dollar Baby, starring Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman, rounds out the top five with $8.8 million (GBP4.6 million) in earnings.

07/02/2005 02:57