Paranormal Activity 4 Scares the Box Office in a Good and a Bad Way

The fourth installment in the Pararnormal Activity franchise opened to a decent $30 million this weekend, especially with its tiny $5 million budget. That was the good news for the scare sequel. However, the bad news is that it opened with $22 million LESS than the previous film and almost $10 million less than the second one. Looks like this franchise may finally be losing steam… At least it has been a franchise which is unlikely for the future of the new Tyler Perry/Matthew Fox film Alex Cross which opened to a lackluster $11.7 million for the detective thriller… Back on the good news gravy train, Argo held up incredibly well dropping only 14% for another $16.6 million and a two-week take of $43 million for the likely Oscar front-runner. I spy long legs for this one… For more on all these numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Paranormal Activity 4 Par. $30,200,000 – 3,412 – $8,851 $30,200,000 $5 1
2 2 Argo WB $16,625,000 -14.6% 3,247 +15 $5,120 $43,191,000 $44.5 2
3 4 Hotel Transylvania Sony $13,500,000 -21.7% 3,014 -361 $4,479 $119,000,000 $85 4
4 1 Taken 2 Fox $13,400,000 -38.7% 3,489 -217 $3,841 $105,971,000 $45 3
5 N Alex Cross Sum. $11,750,000 – 2,539 – $4,628 $11,750,000 $35 1
6 3 Sinister Sum. $9,030,000 -49.9% 2,542 +15 $3,552 $31,950,000 $3 2
7 5 Here Comes the Boom Sony $8,500,000 -28.1% 3,014 – $2,820 $23,200,000 – 2
8 6 Pitch Perfect Uni. $7,009,000 -24.4% 2,660 -127 $2,635 $45,769,000 $17 4
9 7 Frankenweenie BV $4,434,000 -37.1% 2,362 -643 $1,877 $28,343,000 $39 3
10 8 Looper TriS $4,200,000 -32.3% 2,223 -382 $1,889 $57,800,000 $30 4

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