Remake of ‘Ringu’ scores hit in U.S.

Kyodo

A Hollywood remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film “Ringu” (“The Ring”) was the top weekend draw at North American box offices, having premiered Friday in the United States and Canada, according to film industry estimates issued Sunday.

“The Ring,” a film about a videotape that can kill people, stars Australian actress Naomi Watts and ranked No. 1 over the three-day period, grossing $15 million.

The remake was directed by Gore Verbinski and is based on a series of novels by Japanese writer Koji Suzuki. In the film, Watts plays a reporter who investigates rumors of a sinister videotape that kills anyone who watches it.

The 1998 original was a major hit in Japan. The American remake has been released by DreamWorks SKG.