The Rite

(2011)

Inspired by true events, "The Rite" follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he's in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil's reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth.

‘The Rite’ Blu-ray and DVD Arrive May 17th

The new Anthony Hopkins thriller The Rite will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 17. The standard DVD will be priced at $28.98 SRP while the Blu-ray, which will come with a Digital Copy, will cost $35.99 SRP. You can take a look at the cover art photos and special features below.

Inspired by true events, this supernatural thriller follows a seminary student (Colin O'Donoghue) sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Only when sent to apprentice with legendary Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who has performed thousand of exorcisms, does his armor of skepticism begin to fall. Drawn into a troubling case that transcends even Father Lucas's skill, the young seminarian glimpses a phenomenon science can't explain or control - and an evil so violent and terrifying that it forces him to question everything he believes.

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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Rite’ Puts a Spell on the Box Office with $15 Million!

The new romantic comedy, No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, debuted at number one last week, knocking down reigning box office champ, The Green Hornet starring Seth Rogen. But with two new releases this weekend, including The Rite with Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins, and The Mechanic starring Jason Statham, the romcom was unable to successfully defend its crown.

Debuting at number one this week is the new horror film, The Rite. The movie stars Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (Red Dragon), along with Ciarán Hinds (Miami Vice), Alice Braga (Predators), Toby Jones (Amazing Grace), and Rutger Hauer (Batman Begins). The film made $5,027 on each of its 2,985 screens for an opening weekend total of $15 million. The movie was just short of earning back half of its $37 million production budget in its debut.

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BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: Can ‘The Rite’ Possess the Box Office This Weekend?

Last week, the new romantic comedy, No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, shot straight to the top of the charts. In doing so, it unseated reigning champ The Green Hornet starring Seth Rogen. But with two new films entering the box office race this weekend, including The Rite with Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins, and The Mechanic starring Jason Statham, it looks like we will be crowning a new box office king.

Predicted to debut at number one this week is the new horror film, The Rite. The movie stars Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (Red Dragon), along with Ciarán Hinds (Miami Vice), Alice Braga (Predators), Toby Jones (Amazing Grace), and Rutger Hauer (Batman Begins). Currently the movie has an average rating of a 3.9 on our site. Out of the four people who have rated the film, two of them have given it five stars and the trailer has had over 11,000 views. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the movie, "I'm am so sick of these stupid exorcism movies ... damn religious fanatics." The movie is predicted to earn about $18.9 million in its opening week.

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The Rite is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the Devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. Inspired by true events, the film follows seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue), who is sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Wearing his deep skepticism like armor, Michael challenges his superiors to look to psychiatry, rather than demons, in treating the possessed.

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‘The Rite’ Photo Gallery

Inspired by true events, The Rite follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he's in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil's reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth.

The Rite was released January 28th, 2011.

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Second ‘The Rite’ Trailer

Inspired by true events, The Rite follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith. Directed by Mikael Håfström (1408), The Rite is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth.

The Rite was released January 28th, 2011.

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Warner Bros. Pictures 2011 Sneak Preview

Warner Bros. Pictures has released a preview of their upcoming 2011 release slate for movies opening between January and December. The upcoming movies include The Rite, Unknown, Hall Pass, Red Riding Hood, Sucker Punch, Born to Be Wild 3D, The Hangover Part II, Something Borrowed, Green Lantern, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, Horrible Bosses, Final Destination 5, The Apparition, Crazy Stupid Love, Dolphin Tale, Contagion, Happy Feet 2, and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

The Rite - January 28

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‘The Rite’ Trailer!

Anthony Hopkins stars in Mikael Hafstrom's drama about a bizarre priest who explores the darker side of the Catholic faith.