BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Paranormal Activity’ Frightens Away the Competition with $22 Million

Paramount's low-budget supernatural scare-fest shreds leading mutilator of Halloween fare.
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Weekend Box Office

1) Paranormal Activity - $22 million

2) Saw VI - $14.8 million

3) Where the Wild Things Are - $14.4 million

4) Law Abiding Citizen - $12.7 million

5) Couples Retreat - $11 million

6) Astro Boy - $7 million

7) The Stepfather - $6.5 million

8) Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant - $6.3 million

9) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - $5.6 million

10) Zombieland - $4.3 million

With over a thousand new screens added this week Paranormal Activity was able to scare all the other films out of the top spot with an impressive $22 million. The film, which is now in a little under 2,000 theaters made an estimated $11,311 per screen making it's total gross nearly $62.5 Million; which isn't bad for a film that only cost $15 thousand to make. Saw VI comes shy of reaching number one this week with an estimated $14.8 million on roughly 3000 screens making an average of $4,875 per screen.

The rest of the top five this week resembles the top three spots from last week's list. Spike Jonze's adaptation of the classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are came in at number three with 14.4 million, the Jamie Foxx/Gerard Butler thriller Law Abiding Citizen scored an $12.7 million for forth place and Couples Retreat rounded out the top five adding another $11 million to it's total box office take, making back it's entire production budget.

This weekend saw the release of two different films adatated from popular kid's properties and neither faired well at the box office. The long-awaited adaptation of the much beloved Japanese Manga series, Astro Boy, disapointed by fighting to only make a little over $7 Million, while the latest teen-vampire series of books to be brought to big screen, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, sucked something this weekend and it wasn't blood by only making a less than stellar $6.3 million.

Two other new films made some waves in limited release this weekend as well. The low-budget horror film Antichrist made an average of $12,250 per 6 screens to gross an impressive $73, 500 over the weekend. The other big winner in limited release this week was Fox Searchlight's female aviator Biopic, Amelia, which soared to succsess with $4,921 in 818 theaters racking up over $4 million so far on in it's box office flight.

Next weekend will see four new films enter into wide release with the incredibly anticipated Michael Jackson opus Michael Jackson's This Is It, the refreshing retro-horror film The House of the Devil, the action sequel Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day and from the creators of Napoleon Dynamite, Gentlemen Broncos. The Corbin Bernsen directed Dead Air and Turning Green starring Timmothy Hutton open in limited release. Check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week.

Paranormal Activity was released September 25th, 2009.

Saw VI was released October 23rd, 2009.

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