Friday Box Office – PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 Delivers Franchise-High $26.2 Million Opening

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No shocks here.  After earning a franchise-best $8 million from its 2,200 midnight debuts, Paranormal Activity 3 went on to lead Friday with an estimated $26.2 million from 3,321 locations.  That marks another high for the three year-old franchise.  On its first Friday last year Paranormal Activity 2 took in $20.1 million and, by the law of diminishing returns, most box office watchers expected PA3 to chart a bit below its predecessor.  That may have proved true if recent frames had featured a breakout hit capable of siphoning off attendance from this new release, but that didn’t happen.  Instead, Paranormal 3 is expected to reach $50 million by Sunday: another franchise high.  With one movie dominating, the weekend’s other major new release – The Three Musketeers – is suffering.  After a disappointing Friday launch of $2.9 million from 3,017 locations the film is on its way to a weekend in the low double digits.  Finally, low-budget Johnny English Reborn (anyone recall him being born in the first place?) placed eighth on Friday with $1.1 million from 1,551 locations.  The fact that the film’s international gross is already nearing $100 million should soften that blow, however.  Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Paranormal Activity 3 $26,200,000 $26.2
2 Footloose $3,500,000 $23.5
3 Real Steel $3,200,000 $59.1
4 The Three Musketeers $2,900,000 $2.9
5 Ides of March $1,500,000 $25.8



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  • Guy

    Great so know we can expect years and years more of these annual paranormal rehashes. Say hello to Saw 2.0.

  • Rachel DeFer

    ‘Margin Call’, ‘The Mighty Macs’, ‘Oranges and Sunshine’, ‘Retreat’, ‘The Reunion’ and ‘Snowmen’ should have all gotten a nationwide theatrical release. If they were given a fair chance, any one of them could have been No. 1 this week. They all have interesting casts with some stars who should be doing more mainstream movies:
    ‘Margin Call’ – Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci
    ‘The Mighty Macs’ – Carla Gugino, David Boreanaz, Marley Shelton, Ellen Burstyn
    ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ – Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving
    ‘Retreat’ – Cillian Murphy, Jamie Bell, Thandie Newton
    ‘The Reunion’ – John Cena, Ethan Embry, Michael Rispoli, Amy Smart
    ‘Snowmen’ – Ray Liotta, Christopher Lloyd
    I wanted to see how they would have done commercially if released nationwide and they deserve better than to be ignored by the public now.

    • Gerberzy

      You are literally INSANE if you think any of those movies would take number 1. I could go more into this but I really don’t think it is worth it.
      You are freaking nuts.

      • kyle

        First off you been posting the same stupid crap on every box office report article on every site and sad to see you found Collider. Second I hate trolls

    • Carl

      I also think your nuts if you believed they could have beat paranormal 3. As it is, the majority of those films are the type that are better of starting limited and expanding and gaining momentum over time. Not to mention getting some Oscar Buzz along the way.

  • broski

    Movie was dumb

  • AlexHeyNa

    Why no review, Collider?

  • Phil

    I don’t know about you guys, but after no.2, I got bored, it got too predictable and didn’t have the “freshness” that no.1 had when it came out

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