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Weekend Box Office - "Where the Wild Things Are" Grabs $32 Million. "Paranormal Activity" Breaks $20 Million

People wanted to know "Where the Wild Things Are," and it looks like they found out. The PG-rated boy-meets-beasts adventure took the top spot this weekend with $32 million in its first three days. The big story is still "Paranormal Activity" though, as it rises yet higher, landing at number three and proving to be one of the most successful indie roll-outs in recent memory. "The Stepfather" also performed better than a terrible movie should. Here’s the chart. The first number is what it made this weekend and the second is it’s total. More after the jump:

  • 1 Where the Wild Things Are $32,470,000 - $32,470,000
  • 2 Law Abiding Citizen            $21,250,000 - $21,250,000
  • 3 Paranormal Activity            $20,163,000 - $33,717,000
  • 4 Couples Retreat                 $17,949,000 - $63,339,000
  • 5 The Stepfather (2009)        $12,300,000 - $12,300,000
  • 6 Cloudy Meatballs                $8,100,000 -  $108,284,000
  • 7 Zombieland                       $7,800,000 -   $60,823,000
  • 8 Toy Story/Toy Story2 (3D)   $3,011,000 -   $28,594,000
  • 9 Surrogates                        $1,922,000 -   $36,332,000
  • 10 The Invention of Lying      $1,905,000 -  $15,495,000

Last weekend "Couples Retreat" was the only major release. Luckily, we have more than a lame Vince Vaughn comedy to see this weekend. "Where the Wild Things Are" impressed many in its 3,735 theaters. Matt Goldberg from Collider absolutely loved it, as did I, and it is sitting on a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I’m still not sure how Spike Jonze, the writer for MTV’s "Jackass" managed to take a 10 sentence children’s book and make it into a completely compelling and amazing 90 minute film, but somehow he did. He had the help of the Jim Hensen company as well. Even if you don’t like "Where The Wild Things Are," it’s worth seeing as both a technical achievement and realization how much we need Hensen-esque puppetry and real objects as much as computer graphics in movies.

"Paranormal Activity" is the hot fall item though. Upping its count from just over 100 theaters last weekend to 750, the 2007 indie thriller made an estimated $20 million this weekend, up from $8 million last weekend. To get those numbers, it has a per-screen average of more than $26,000. It will be interesting to see how far this one will climb, but with Halloween only two weeks away, the film still has some room to grow. More after the jump.

>>Read My Full Article at Collider