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Monday
Oct262009

Weekend Box Office Actuals - PARANORMAL ACTIVITY cuts SAW VI in half and AMELIA tanks

Everyone posts studio estimates for the weekend on Sundays, but I like to see the actual numbers. These come every Monday afternoon. This week, "The Vampire Assistant" actually placed one slot higher in the actuals than "The Stepfather" and both "Saw" and "Paranormal Activity" did made less than their estimates.

The final numbers are out and "Paranormal Activity" is set to be this year's biggest horror movie, rising for it's fifth straight week to top the box office charts. Paramount has masterfully crafted its roll-out starting it in only 12 theaters in late September and increasing to 1,945 this weekend. More interesting, it faced reigning Halloween box office champion "Saw VI" this weekend and cut its rival's usual opening numbers in half. The final box office numbers (not estimates) were just released and are below.

  Movie Weekend #s Total
1 Paranormal Activity $21,104,070 $61,580,588
2 Saw VI $14,118,444 $14,118,444
3 Where the Wild Things Are $14,019,406 $53,558,981
4 Law Abiding Citizen $12,403,888 $40,008,703
5 Couples Retreat $10,620,685 $77,736,885
6 Astro Boy $6,702,923 $6,702,923
7 The Vampire's Assistant $6,293,205 $6,293,205
8 The Stepfather $6,230,969 $20,082,652
9 Cloudy w/a Chance of Meatballs $5,250,541 $114,854,877
10 Zombieland $4,205,812 $67,213,384


How "Paranormal Activity" bested "Saw" after the jump.

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Thursday
Oct222009

Weekend Preview - AMELIA, SAW VI, ASTRO BOY, CIRQUE DU FREAK: THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT

Hollywood needs to be more stable with its wide releases. Two weeks ago we only had "Couples Retreat" hit theaters; last week we had four new releases; now we have four more this week; but next week Michael Jackson's post-humous "This is It" is the only film on the docket...and it's not really a film at all! Below is a preview of this week's major box office releases. I've included a trailer, description, rating, and my early thoughts on what you should expect. Enjoy.

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