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Weekend Box-Office: October 21-23, 2011

10.23.2011

Paranormal 3 breaks records...

Nobody was really surprised to see PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 in the #1 spot at the end of this past weekend, but after the original film opened with $20M back in 2009 and its follow-up opened with $40M last year, it was a bit of a surprise to see the latest film smash those figures, while at the same time, becoming the "biggest horror movie opening in history" with $54M over the last 3 days. It also became the highest-opening October release of all-time, breaking JACKASS 3D's record of $50M set just last year. The film only cost about $5M to produce, so something tells me that we'll be seeing plenty of more PARANORMAL flicks in the coming years.

That said, is there any specific reason why all the other studios decided not to release any horror movies this late October?? (aren't you kind of giving audiences no "choice" other than to see this movie if you want to be scared?) I mean seriously...how does that work? Films like FRIGHT NIGHT, FINAL DESTINATION 5, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and SHARK NIGHT were dropped into the 2011 schedule in late August, but couldn't be held up for a couple of months for the Halloween crowds? I personally don't get that strategy. But hey...at least we get PUSS IN BOOTS next weekend, right? Right?!?

As for the other 2 new releases of the weekend, the news wasn't that much better than THE BIG YEAR was last week as Rowan Atkinson's JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN scored only $4M and a 8th place opening. That figure might be considered troublesome on its own, but the film has already grossed over $105M worldwide since its September release, so no major worries about its $45M budget.

Paul WS Anderson's THE THREE MUSKETEERS (in 3D, sigh) didn't fare too much better with a $9M gross and a 4th place opening, but with only a 28% positive rating over at Rotten Tomatoes, its chances of breaking out aren't very high going forward. Much like JOHNNY ENGLISH, the THREE MUSKETEERS also opened in overseas theaters last month, and did make around $50M from those countries, so Milla needed worry too much about the US marketing and grosses.

The rest of the top 10 remained relatively the same except every film moved down a notch or two, except for THE THING which lost 63% of its audience from last weekend and went from 3rd to 9th place. Films that dropped out of the top 10 this week include one of the biggest flops of the year entitled THE BIG YEAR ($4M), COURAGEOUS ($25M) and THE LION KING ($93M).

Now even though it's Halloween next weekend, not one studio is releasing a "scary movie" for reasons known only to them, but they're more than happy to release Johnny Depp's THE RUM DIARY, Justin Timberlake's sci-fi flick IN TIME and Antonio Banderas' SHREK spin-off movie PUSS IN BOOTS. But this weekend is all about the paranormal, so we ask you, would you be interested in seeing a PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 in the near future? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Paranormal Activity 3 $54 M
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2. Real Steel $11.3 M $67.2 M
3. Footloose $10.9 M $30.9 M
4. The Three Musketeers $8.8 M
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5. The Ides of March $4.9 M $29.2 M
6. Dolphin Tale $4.2 M $64.4 M
7. Moneyball $4.1 M $63.7 M
8. Johnny English Reborn $3.8 M
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9. The Thing $3.1 M $14.1 M
10. 50/50 $2.8 M $28.8 M

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1:54PM on 10/24/2011
Id rather PA3 make shit ton of cash than Paul ws Anderson and Milla Jovavichs shit film make any money. Hopefullt this will make studios second guess about greenlighting a paul ws anderson flick.
Id rather PA3 make shit ton of cash than Paul ws Anderson and Milla Jovavichs shit film make any money. Hopefullt this will make studios second guess about greenlighting a paul ws anderson flick.
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4:16AM on 10/24/2011
Whether you like Paranormal Activity or not, you should be mother fucking ecstatic that an R-RATED film can make so much coin. If this helps end PG-13 horror and PG-13 sequels (I'm talking to you, Fox) then halle-fucking-luja.
Whether you like Paranormal Activity or not, you should be mother fucking ecstatic that an R-RATED film can make so much coin. If this helps end PG-13 horror and PG-13 sequels (I'm talking to you, Fox) then halle-fucking-luja.
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12:49AM on 10/24/2011
Paranormal Activity, for people who think Spongebob is terrifying
Paranormal Activity, for people who think Spongebob is terrifying
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2:27AM on 10/24/2011
hell even spongebob is more scary than this franchise.
hell even spongebob is more scary than this franchise.
11:28PM on 10/23/2011

loved Paranormal3

now there's got to be a 4 and 5 now.
and wasn't it weird how absolutely different the trailer looked to the film itself?
and i am SOOOO GODDAMN HAPPY Milla Jovovich's Three Musketeers tanked
now there's got to be a 4 and 5 now.
and wasn't it weird how absolutely different the trailer looked to the film itself?
and i am SOOOO GODDAMN HAPPY Milla Jovovich's Three Musketeers tanked
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10:51PM on 10/23/2011

In regards the the Paranormal series.

Who the hell keeps finding this footage and why is it so abundant?
Who the hell keeps finding this footage and why is it so abundant?
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10:18PM on 10/23/2011
Well I guess that $54M guarantees a 4th installment for the "Paranormal Activity" film series..a good thing? Everything else Box-Office ($) wise is lame. "Dolphin Tale" Box-Office take is easily in the black with minimal profit.
Well I guess that $54M guarantees a 4th installment for the "Paranormal Activity" film series..a good thing? Everything else Box-Office ($) wise is lame. "Dolphin Tale" Box-Office take is easily in the black with minimal profit.
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10:18PM on 10/23/2011
I foresee more found footage crap in the future.
I foresee more found footage crap in the future.
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10:01PM on 10/23/2011
cool
cool
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9:23PM on 10/23/2011

Good.

The haters are such condradicting idiots. Not because we have different tastes, but because some of them would rather support Saw (LOL) than these films which more on building fear, character development, and story with every film. Fuck the ppl who don't like these movies. I'm sure Shark Night 3D will come out on DVD soon for you all to enjoy.
The haters are such condradicting idiots. Not because we have different tastes, but because some of them would rather support Saw (LOL) than these films which more on building fear, character development, and story with every film. Fuck the ppl who don't like these movies. I'm sure Shark Night 3D will come out on DVD soon for you all to enjoy.
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10:32PM on 10/23/2011
I just love how the haters talk more about these films then the fans.LOL!
I just love how the haters talk more about these films then the fans.LOL!
2:29AM on 10/24/2011
character development my ass, we do not care about this family, people only like the cheap scares...Saw at least had Jigsaw which was an interesting flawed character, people just couldn't see past the gore.
character development my ass, we do not care about this family, people only like the cheap scares...Saw at least had Jigsaw which was an interesting flawed character, people just couldn't see past the gore.
5:10AM on 10/24/2011
MonsterZeroNJ: You nailed it. The haters spend much more time bitching about this series than anyone. If the hate the series so damn much, then just ignore. People bitching about it on JoBlo.com isn't going to make the least bit of difference in the box office intake.
MonsterZeroNJ: You nailed it. The haters spend much more time bitching about this series than anyone. If the hate the series so damn much, then just ignore. People bitching about it on JoBlo.com isn't going to make the least bit of difference in the box office intake.
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9:03PM on 10/23/2011

Jesus

It really is the Apocalypse.
It really is the Apocalypse.
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8:15PM on 10/23/2011
congrats assholes, now we have the next Saw, they will make about 20 more of these movies, god I hate how fake hollywood is, fuck this franchise, bring the thumbs down.

Do agree with the article saying more horror movies should be released in October, I am sure Scream 4 might have banked much more, it's common sense hollywood.
congrats assholes, now we have the next Saw, they will make about 20 more of these movies, god I hate how fake hollywood is, fuck this franchise, bring the thumbs down.

Do agree with the article saying more horror movies should be released in October, I am sure Scream 4 might have banked much more, it's common sense hollywood.
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7:44PM on 10/23/2011
The PA franchise is a decent, yet unspectacular one.. but there's nothing wrong with that. It's sort of like the haunted house trip that everyone takes during Halloween... they go for the light scares and the theater experience.
The PA franchise is a decent, yet unspectacular one.. but there's nothing wrong with that. It's sort of like the haunted house trip that everyone takes during Halloween... they go for the light scares and the theater experience.
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7:20PM on 10/23/2011
that's a lot of cash
that's a lot of cash
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7:19PM on 10/23/2011
Even though I don't really care for the PA movies, it's nice to see a horror film making some dough.
Even though I don't really care for the PA movies, it's nice to see a horror film making some dough.
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7:10PM on 10/23/2011
Can't wait for Paranormal Activity in Space: 3D, next year. Well, at least we don't have to suffer through anymore unneccessary Saw sequels.
Can't wait for Paranormal Activity in Space: 3D, next year. Well, at least we don't have to suffer through anymore unneccessary Saw sequels.
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8:19PM on 10/23/2011
i'd rather see more Saw movies than this garbage.
i'd rather see more Saw movies than this garbage.
3:59AM on 10/24/2011
You dont have to wait until next year, it already came out: Apollo 18
You dont have to wait until next year, it already came out: Apollo 18
7:06PM on 10/23/2011
Good for the PA team! Ya'll can thumbs down away but I'm a huge fan of the franchise but it looks like I ain't the only one!
Good for the PA team! Ya'll can thumbs down away but I'm a huge fan of the franchise but it looks like I ain't the only one!
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6:50PM on 10/23/2011
I love the PA movies and I know they don't scare everybody or meet everyone's horror requirements, but to me they are great and make me jump. Which is why we love horror movies.
I love the PA movies and I know they don't scare everybody or meet everyone's horror requirements, but to me they are great and make me jump. Which is why we love horror movies.
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6:43PM on 10/23/2011
Chinese are lucky that they'll never see Paranormal Activity 3 in their homeland. Paul WS Anderson should stop pretending to be Michael Bay.
Chinese are lucky that they'll never see Paranormal Activity 3 in their homeland. Paul WS Anderson should stop pretending to be Michael Bay.
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6:48PM on 10/23/2011
So I take it you are a big fan of Paranormal Activity 3? The Chinese are lucky they'll never have to see your shitty movies in China.
So I take it you are a big fan of Paranormal Activity 3? The Chinese are lucky they'll never have to see your shitty movies in China.
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