Call it "ghoul power": Horror flick The Messengers placed first at the box office over the weekend with a take of $14.5 million, which handily trounced the $13 million haul of second-place finisher (and the weekend's only other new release) Because I Said So. Rounding out the top five were Epic Movie with $8.2 million, Night at the Museum with $6.75 million, and Smokin' Aces with $6.3 million.

In other movie news, Pan's Labyrinth has surpassed Like Water for Chocolate to become the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever to play the States. (It's kitty is up to $21.67 million and counting.)