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PARANORMAL Spooks Out Saw

Paramount and director considering Paranormal Activity sequel.

By Jarrod Sarafin     October 26, 2009


PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
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With Halloween on the mind for most genre fans across the nation, there were two choices for audiences shelling out the cash this weekend. On one hand, they could see what the buzz was about with Paranormal Activity, a film that’s been slowly, but surely, building momentum in its first four weeks of limited release. The other hand consisted—horror wise---of watching Jigsaw torture more people through the use of his sadistic traps in Saw VI.
While both films pulled in good numbers, audiences chose to check out Paranormal Activity first and foremost, dropping an estimated $22.0 million into Paramount Pictures’ pockets this weekend for a 1st place victory. The film, which reportedly only cost $15,000 to create ($300,000+ to acquire the rights to and only $11 mil to promote), has grossed $62.4 million in its first four weekends of release. With forward momentum still on its side, the ghost story is tracking to cross the $100 million mark.
Looking at that budget and box office performance, you can guess why it’s been revealed at the L.A. Times this morning that Paramount and director Oren Peli are currently considering a Paranormal Activity sequel.
Following in 2nd place is the latest Saw installment out of Lionsgate. Saw VI debuted in 3,036 theaters over the weekend and found $14.8 million as a result. While the numbers is half the mark that previous sequels pulled in their respective first weekend tallies, this sixth film is still another profitable venture for the studio right out of the gate. The budget is listed at only $11 million.
Warner Bros. found their adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are dropping 55% in its second weekend of release, hitting the 3rd place spot with $14.4 million in receipts. The latest numbers has the film with an estimated domestic gross of $53.9 million against a budget of $100 mil.
The 4th place goes to Overture’s revenge-thriller, Law Abiding Citizen. The Gerard Butler-Jamie Foxx film dropped only 39%, taking in another $12.7 million over the weekend. It’s looking to be a profitable release for the small distributor as it nears its $50 mil budget mark with a current domestic cume of $40.3 million after only 10 days of release.
Taking the 5th place spot is Universal’s Couple Retreat. The Vince Vaughn feature grabbed $11.0 million more in cash in its third weekend. The weekend numbers has it over its price tag with a gross of $78.2 million. It’s budget is marked at $70 million.
As you’ll see in the numbers below, Summit Entertainment and Universal Pictures had less than stellar launches with Astro Boy and Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant. The animation adaptation took in only $7.0 million for 6th while the vampire tale found only $6.3 million for 8th place.
 

Rank
Movie
Weekend
Theaters
Average
Total
Budget
1
Paranormal Activity
$22.0 mil
1,945
$11,311
$62.4 mil
$15,000
2
Saw VI
$14.8 mil
3,036
$4,875
$14.8 mil
$11
3
Where the Wild Things Are
$14.4 mil
3,735
$3,861
$53.9 mil
$100
4
Law Abiding Citizen
$12.7 mil
2,890
$4,399
$40.3 mil
$50
5
Couples Retreat
$11.0 mil
3,074
$3,610
$78.2 mil
$70
6
Astro Boy
$7.0 mil
3,014
$2,328
$7.0 mil
$65
7
The Stepfather
$6.5 mil
2,734
$2,377
$20.3 mil
$20
8
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
$6.3 mil
2,754
$2,305
$6.3 mil
$40
9
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
$5.6 mil
2,741
$2,043
$115.2 mil
$100
10
Zombieland
$4.3 mil
2,447
$1,757
$67.3 mil
$23.6

 
 
 
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Michael Jackson’s This Is It (3,400)
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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
The House of the Devil
Gentlemen Broncos

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Chopsaki 10/26/2009 2:14:35 AM

I can always tell when a movie crosses over to the mainstream., my dad starts talking about it. If one so oblivious to movies has gotten the word then the word is truly out. I think Blair Witch was made for 25k and went on to gross 140mil but thats still pretty impressive. Good for them.

Dazzler 10/26/2009 4:20:37 AM

Ouch on Astro boy.  I guess no sequel for that one. 

I guess no rides on the Vampire bandwagon for the Vamp's ass.  I hope all the vampire madness starts to slow down now.  

Dazzler 10/26/2009 4:23:15 AM

Paranormal sequel?  Remember Blair Witch 2?  Me neither.  They should keep it looking as real as possible if they do another.  

shac2846 10/26/2009 7:36:51 AM

Good news for Paranormal Activity, glad to see it kicked Saw's ass. Paranormal Activity isn't the best film I've ever seen but it has some really impressive stuff for a budget of only 15,000 and it was leaps and bounds better than Saw!

calhob 10/26/2009 7:54:03 AM

I am soooo tired of Saw and want it to end.....

Wiseguy 10/26/2009 8:44:01 AM

Haven's seen Saw6 yet but I've read some people claiming the franchise is dead but once you realize that they already surpassed their production budget you can bet your house we'll get a part 7

I will throw up if what I heard some news report comes to pass, that the Michael Jackson flick will reach 250mil within 5 days. That would be a record but I still can't understand why anyone would want to see this, please, no need to explain, I don't want to know.

moonsunne 10/26/2009 8:54:59 AM

 Cirque du Freak was a really entertaining movie. I was a little worried from some of the reviews. I will see a sequel if it comes to pass.

ponyboy76 10/26/2009 11:20:48 AM

Wouldn't a better title for this article have been "Paranormal Out Spooks  Saw" ?

Anyway, I am pretty tired of Saw, so I`ll probably catch on an off day or on dvd.

I wasn't sure I wanted see Cirque du Freak but people keep telling me its pretty good. I might matinee it.

Looking forward to seeing Boondocks 2.

huskers97 10/26/2009 2:25:05 PM

I cant wait to see Boondocks 2 as well. I just hope it comes to my town, which is highly doubtful since my birth town has just about half of the population of my current state... oh well im sure it will be in minneapolis... i am tired of the saw franchise too...im not suprised to see paranormal activity overtake it.... everybody is going to see it because they want to be like everybody else and go see it...i refuse to see it...looks like shit

 

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