Create Game Lists on MeltedJoystick.com
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  
 
  Login Using Facebook
Twitter
 
     

Weekend Box Office: Audiences Possessed By Paranormal Activity 3

View Chris Kavan's Profile

By Chris Kavan - 10/23/11 at 11:48 PM CT

You know it's getting close to Halloween because audiences are hungry for horror. And it just so happens there was a new horror movie released this weekend! Isn't that a lovey coincidence?

It appears the Paranormal Activity franchise doesn't have to worry about a thing - operating on a $5 million budget, the third movie (a prequel to the first two films) took in $54 million over the weekend, easily taking the top spot. That not only represents the best October opening (beating out last year's Jackass 3-D as best fall opening) it represents the highest opening gross for a straight-up horror movie.

It easily topped the opening of Paranormal Activity 2 ($40.7 million) and even though the movie was front-loaded, with 48.6% of its total coming on Friday, the one thing this total means is that there is sure to be a Paranormal Activity 4 next year. Well, something had to take the place of Saw as the Halloween franchise of choice and until audiences really get sick of these films, I don't see them changing the formula.

The two other new wide-release films couldn't hold a candle to what goes bump in the night: The Three Musketeers first foray into 3D landed with a whimper in 4th place with just $8.8 million (55% of that gross coming from 3D). It couldn't top either Zorro ($16.3 million) or even The Musketeer ($10.3 million) in opening numbers. Despite the fact audiences were split between male and female, the movie played to an older crowd (64% over the age of 25), which won't help its numbers in the future.

While international audiences may be giving it some love, the spy spoof sequel Johnny English Reborn didn't find much support in the U.S. With an 8th place $3.8 million total, Rowan Atkinson can be happy the film has already earned over $100 million on outside the U.S..

Other films showed some surprising legs. Real Steel snagged the second spot with $11.3 million - down just over 30% in its third week. The boxing robot flick has earned $67.2 million since its run began, a tidy sum by any standards.

In third place, Footloose also held quite well. Down just over 30% as well, the remake took in $10.8 million and now stands at $30.8 million - already topping its $24 million budget. While the debut may not have been stellar, its second week drop was much lower than comparative dance films Stomp the Yard, Step Up and Save the Last Dance.

Rounding out the top five was political drama The Ides of March, which also held up well, dropping just over 31% to take in $4.9 million for a three-week total of $29.1 million.

Dolphin Tale and Moneyball are running neck-and-neck for total grosses. Moneyball won the week for best week-to-week holdover, dropping just 25.8%, however Dolphin Tale still won the box office race (also dropping a respectable 32.6%). The family-friendly film was 6th with a $4.2 million take for a $64.4 million total while Moneyball was just behind with a $4 million $63.7 million total.

Next week has four very distinct offerings: a family film with Puss in Boots, a sci-fi thriller In Time, the drama about who really wrote Shakespeare Anonymous and finally the delightful strangeness that is sure to be Johnny Depp's The Rum Diary. With Halloween still to come, we'll see if Paranormal Activity 3 can still retain the top spot for at least one more week or if audiences has already had their fill.

Comments
0 comments
Name: 

Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   
 
Bloggers
Recent Blog Posts
Archive

All Posts

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

 
Log In
Help on how to log into FilmCrave
Login with Facebook
Login with FilmCrave
 
 
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
Top 2016 by frenchfreyteetor
2015 Movies by Mr Cinema
2015 by Karmand
Top Films of 2012 by Neobowler
Movies First Seen in 2017 by royaluglydudes
Top Movie List by Seth
Movies I've Watched by Chris Ghost
2016 Rated and Ranked by Chris Kavan

 

 

 

Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us

Jobs

About us

SiteMap

 

Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use

Privacy

   
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?