I guess these Paranormal Activity films are the new Saw movies when it comes to the horror/suspense genre. Halloween tends to bring out unwanted sequels and movie goers flock to the theaters to watch mindless drivel and propel producers to make countless other films that nobody really cares about.
This weekend saw a huge turnout for Paranormal Activity 4 which, to be honest, I had no idea even existed. And I’m supposed to be the “movie guru”…whoops. The film, which I guess follows the same timeline of events that the other three films follow, managed to pull in $30M – which is relatively amazing considering. To put this in to perspective, PA4 did $20M less than PA3, which opened during the same time frame last year. I guess people are starting to get tired of watching the same old shit.
In second place at the weekend box office was Ben Affleck’s Argo, which continues to have a good showing pulling in nearly $17M despite going up against mainstream shit. Argo is perhaps the most significant Oscar contender to be released in October in quite some time.
Third place this weekend goes to Sony’s animated film that could, Hotel Transylvania, which has out performed everyone’s expectations despite not really being that good of a film. The movie managed $13.5M, bringing its life total to $119M in just four weeks. Talk about making your money’s worth. The only other animated film that outperformed expectations like Hotel Transylvania was The Lorax, which ended up making $200+M, despite being just an average film.
Rounding out the top five this weekend were Taken 2 and Tyler Perry’s
Madea Hunts a Serial Killer…I mean…Alex Cross. The two films brought in $13.4M and $11.7M respectively.
Here is the top 10:
*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)
1) Paranormal Activity 4 – $30.2 (NEW)
2) Argo – $16.6 ($43.1)
3) Hotel Transylvania – $13.5 ($119)
4) Taken 2 – $13.4 ($105.9)
5) Alex Cross – $11.7 (NEW)
6) Sinister – $9 ($31.9)
7) Here Comes the Boom – $8.5 ($23.2)
8) Pitch Perfect – $7 ($45.7)
9) Frankenweenie – $4.4 ($28.3)
10) Looper – $4.2 ($57.8)
Via Box Office Mojo