This week on Blu-ray, the caped crusader’s animated iteration comes to a close, Sam Rockwell and Co. get their crazy on, and a classic action series that has been copied to no end gets a 25th anniversary collection. Briefly:
Hit the jump for the special features details.
Two movies opened on Friday but there was really only one game in town: Paranormal Activity 4. Since 2009, the low-cost horror franchise has ruled late October with its increasingly impressive openings. That tradition hit a speed bump this weekend with PA 4’s estimated $30.2 million debut from 3,412 locations. That falls short of PA 2 and 3 and is also off from the scaled-back projections that followed the film’s Friday opening.
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After taking in $4.5 million from its Thursday late shows and midnight screening, Paranormal Activity 4 easily captured first place on Friday with an estimated $15 million. That puts the film on track for about $34 million by Sunday – an impressive figure that, nonetheless, falls short of most projections for the four year-old franchise. Twelve months ago, Paranormal Activity 3 earned $26.3 million on its first day, on its way to an all-time October opening record of $52.5 million. And while few expected PA 4 to come close to that total, the latest entry in Paramount’s crazy-profitable horror franchise should have had no trouble reaching the $40 million mark. Then again, because PA 4 is expected to earn twelve times its budget in worldwide grosses by Sunday, the word ‘disappointment’ does not exactly leap to mind. That word might better apply to this weekend’s second new release, Alex Cross. The thriller, starring Tyler Perry as author James Patterson’s popular crime solver, earned an estimated $4 million from 2,539 runs on Friday. That puts Alex Cross on track for a weekend in the $13 million range: well below the $20 million openings that Perry (as star AND director) has grown accustomed to. Full details tomorrow.
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Two new clips to share with you today: one comes from director Rich Moore’s animated arcade game homage, Wreck-It Ralph; the other hails from Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s Paranormal Activity 4. The previously released clip from Wreck-It Ralph showed our titular hero (voiced by John C. Reilly) meeting Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman). This time around, Ralph meets up with “Hero’s Duty” drill sergeant, Calhoun (Jane Lynch). The Paranormal Activity 4 clip gives more frantic looks at creepy stuff like dead-eyed kids skulking about and a girl levitating off of her bed. So, there’s that.
Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the voices of Jack McBrayer, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling and Adam Carolla, opens November 2nd. Paranormal Activity 4, starring Katie Featherson and Kathryn Newton, opens October 19th. Hit the jump to see both clips.
A new trailer for Paranormal Activity 4 has gone online. I haven’t seen any of the movies, but this one shows yet another use for Microsoft’s Kinect: discovering spooky stuff. This brings the grand total of reasons to own a Kinect to still zero. Also, there’s a creepy child involved, so if you’re terrified of dead-eyed 7-year-olds who can’t reach things on high shelves, then this movie will probably scare the pants off you.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, and to read reactions from Fantastic Fest attendees who saw a work-in-progress cut of the film. Paranormal Activity opens October 19th.
A new teaser clip for the upcoming sequel Paranormal Activity 4 has been released. Plot details were virtually non-existent before the film’s first trailer debuted, and this clip further entices fans of the franchise to start piecing together how this film fits into the series’ mythology. There are a couple of creepy shots here, but the plot is still rather unclear. I assume the pic’s basic premise will remain a secret until opening night.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, Paranormal Activity 4 opens on October 19th.
We’ve got a lot of images from the upcoming slate of late-2012 films:
- Paranormal Activity 4, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, opens October 19th.
- The Impossible, starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, opens October 11th.
- Flight, starring Denzel Washington and John Goodman, opens November 2nd.
- Not Fade Away, from writer/director David Chase, stars John Magaro, Will Brill and Jack Huston and opens December 21st.
- Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried, opens December 14th.
- Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson, opens September 7th.
- Resident Evil: Retribution, starring Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez and Sienna Guillory, opens September 14th.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses, including a full second page featuring featuring Looper, This Must Be the Place, The Man with the Iron Fists, Wreck-It Ralph, Frankenweenie, Red Dawn, and Chasing Mavericks.
The first two trailers and a new poster for Paranormal Activity 4 have gone online. We’ve known next to nothing about the plot up until this point, and based on this trailer it appears that things will be taking place during present day in this fourth installment in the popular found footage franchise. As far as I can tell these are all new characters, though I assume the third act of the pic will somehow tie into the series’ “mythology.” They utilize a pretty cool new found footage technique by having the main character in the middle of a Skype call when said activity occurs, but I’m told this device was also used in the horror anthology V/H/S. Nevertheless, the trailer promises jump scares and found footage aplenty, so I’m sure fans of the Paranormal Activity franchise will be pleased.
Hit the jump to watch the trailers and check out the poster. The film is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Paranormal Activity 4 opens on October 19th.
The first official trailer for the upcoming fourth entry in the ever-popular found footage horror franchise Paranormal Activity is set to be released this week, and in keeping with the new trend of actually doing marketing for trailers, a poster and an incredibly brief teaser trailer for the film have gone online today. As far as I can tell, the teaser only offers footage from the previous films. We know next to nothing about Paranormal Activity 4 other than the fact that Paranormal Activity 3 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have returned to take the helm with a script by The River producer Zack Estrin.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and teaser trailer, and be sure to check back here on Wednesday, August 1st to watch the first full trailer. Paranormal Activity 4 opens on October 19th.
With a release date merely seven months away, producers felt it might be beneficial to have someone write the script for Paranormal Activity 4. Heat Vision reports that Zack Estrin has closed a deal to write the fourth installment of the lucrative found footage franchise. Estrin seems an obvious choice, as he currently serves as a writer-executive producer on the ABC series The River, which is also executive produced by Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum and the franchise creator Oren Peli. Estrin also worked on Fox’s Prison Break and ABC’s No Ordinary Family. Paranormal Activity 3 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are expected to return for the fourth installment, but plot details are being kept under wraps (though I assume it’ll be “scary”).
Paranormal Activity 3 was written by Disturbia scribe Christopher Landon, who also worked on the second film (the first film was written by Peli). Though Estrin has no experience with the franchise, The River is a found footage television series so he has experience writing camera movements and jump scares.
There is a lot Paranormal Activity grand maestro Oren Peli won’t talk about. He won’t talk about his long delayed Area 51. He won’t talk about any hypothetical projects or anyone he wants to work with in the future. He won’t give any specifics on his new TV series, The River. And he professes that he has no idea what Paranormal Activity 4 will look like. With this in mind, it is no great shock to announce that a recent afternoon tea with Peli, as well as Christopher Nicholas Smith, Chloe Csengery and Jessica Tyler Brown (all of Paranormal Activity 3) and Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston (stars of the original film) revealed no great secrets about the franchise’s future. Rather, much like the films themselves, it was an afternoon of looking back and filling in the holes and unanswered questions about what came before.
The players told us about the difficulty of faking amateur camerawork, why Steven Spielberg turned off the original film halfway through, how the production allows for scene ideas from literally everyone, where the original concept for Paranormal Activity 2 came from and much, much more. Read on for the top 20 things to know about our afternoon tea with the cast and crew of Paranormal Activity.
There’s not a moment to waste in churning out another Paranormal Activity movie. Who knows when you’ll be able to find a free Saturday afternoon to make it? Yesterday, we reported that Paramount would release Paranormal Activity 4 on October 19th. Today, Bloody Disgusting reports that the studio has re-hired Paranormal Activity 3 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman to helm the next installment of Ghosts n’ Camcorders. PA3 had the highest worldwide gross of the trilogy ($203 million) and came $4 million short of topping the original’s domestic box office take of $107 million. All of these movies cost the spare change found in the producers’ sofas.
Despite lacking an official script, director, or cast, Paranormal Activity 4 is set to open in theaters a mere nine months from now. We first learned that Paramount was planning to release a new entry in the ever-popular franchise this year a few days ago, and today the studio is quick to announce that an official release date has been set for October 19th (per THR). The quick turnaround shouldn’t be a problem for the studio though, as last October’s Paranormal Activity 3 was made for just $5 million and didn’t begin production until June. The series is quickly becoming the new Saw, and Paramount is surely very happy with the small budget/big box office model that’s been working so far.
On the 19th the pic will go up against the star-studded period crime thriller Gangster Squad (Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and Ryan Gosling) and the similarly star-studded romantic comedy The Big Wedding (Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigel, and Robin Williams). The following weekend PA4 will face some horror competition from Halloween 3D, while The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D opens earlier that month.
Paramount sent out a press release today about their plans for 2012, and to the surprise of no one, the studio plans to release Paranormal Activity 4 this year. No details about the sequel have been revealed nor do we know who will direct, write, star, or how many afternoons it will take to shoot. The franchise has been ridiculously successful for the studio, and the most recent film grossed $202 million worldwide off a reported $5 million budget. The people have spoken and the people like night vision ghosts. Here’s the quote from the press release:
In 2012, Paramount’s release slate highlights include “World War Z,” a zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster , “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” the next installment in the global franchise starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Channing Tatum , a new chapter in the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, and “The Dictator,” starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles , the team behind “Borat.”
No release date has been announced for Paranormal Activity 4, but since the last two movies were released in late October, we can safely expect to see the movie in the same time frame. Hit the jump for the full press release.