Robert De Niro returned to the No. 1 slot at the North American box office on Sunday with the thriller "Hide and Seek," six weeks after his comedy "Meet the Fockers" began a three-week reign.
Several films that featured prominently when Academy Award nominations were unveiled on Tuesday enjoyed stronger ticket sales over the weekend after going into wide release.
"Hide and Seek" earned an estimated $22 million from 3,005 theaters in the three days since opening Friday, said its distributor, 20th Century Fox. De Niro plays a widower whose daughter, played by Dakota Fanning, has a creepy imaginary friend, says CNN.