Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: October 21, 2012

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Oct 21 Box Office Paranormal Activity 4 Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: October 21, 2012

This weekend’s box office features the return of the reigning horror king and Tyler Perry taking on a role made famous by Morgan Freeman.

It’s no surprise that Paranormal Activity 4 (read our review) comes in at number 1 this weekend with $30 million. What is surprising, though, is the downward trend that this entry’s opening weekend numbers suggest when compared to previous Paranormal Activities.

Not counting the first film, which used a slow build-up of word of mouth to generate its total grosses, PA 4 is the lowest weekend debut in the series. While this doesn’t outright spell doom for the found footage franchise – which hoped to spin-off a Latino version of the franchise for next year – it does suggest horror fans’ tastes are changing.

In at a distant second is Ben Affleck’s Argo, which grossed $16.6 million in its second weekend. Strong word of mouth and some awards show buzz certainly helped the film retain nearly its entire hold on the box office (the film’s grosses only dropped 14%), and it’s now at $43 million to date. Working off a budget of $44.5 million, it’s only a matter of time before Warner Bros. and Affleck start collecting pure profit.

Sony’s Hotel Transylvania, the animated monster film featuring the voice of Adam Sandler, continues to fare extremely well and comes in this weekend at number 3 with $13.5 million. As we’ve mentioned in previous box office reports, the film is an enormous success for Sony, and will almost assuredly get a sequel. The more important question, though, is whether or not director Genndy Tartakovsky will be able to use this film’s success to get a Samurai Jack movie made.

Liam Neeson and Taken 2 fell from the number 1 spot – which the film held for the past two weeks – all the way to number 4 with $13.4 million. Now well over $100 million in total grosses, the film is not only nipping at Hotel Transylvania’s heels for the number 3 spot it’s also creeping closer to the first Taken‘s domestic total, and could surpass it when all is said and done.

This weekend’s other new film, Alex Cross (read our review), comes in at a disappointing number 5 with $11.75 million. Typically, a Tyler Perry-directed film is good for upwards of $20 million, but this poor debut suggests even Perry’s own demographic wasn’t interested in seeing him in a totally different role.

Alex Cross’ previous outings – in which he was played by Morgan Freeman – didn’t fare all that well by comparison, but they had the legs to make it to $50 million+ in total grosses. Regardless of opening weekend box office or longevity, though, QED Entertainment seems to believe in this revamped series, and have begun prepping a sequel even before this film opened.

Oct 21 Box Office Alex Cross Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: October 21, 2012

The low budget horror flick Sinister dropped to number 6 this weekend with $9 million and is now at $31 million in total grosses. While the film had been getting positive reviews from critics it wasn’t going to have much of a chance against Paranormal Activity 4. On the bright side, the film only cost $3 million to make.

The Kevin James MMA comedy Here Comes the Boom is in at number 7 with $8.5 million this weekend and is now at $23 million to-date. For a film that seemingly came out of nowhere, and only received a big marketing push the week of its release, Sony should be happy with the film’s performance.

Pitch Perfect comes in at number 8 this week with $7 million, which brings its total to-date up to $45 million. Strong word of mouth seems to be helping the film remain in the top 10, and it’s also now well over its $17 million budget.

Tim Burton’s stop-motion animation film Frankenweenie racked in $4.43 million this weekend, which should be good for 9th place. The film is now up to $28 million in total grosses, but unfortunately it looks like it won’t be making its $39 million budget back – at least off domestic revenue.

And finally, Rian Johnson’s time travel flick Looper rounds out the top 10 with $4.2 million (although it and Frankenweenie could swap places when box office totals are finalized on Monday). More importantly Looper‘s domestic total to-date is now $57 million — a very impressive performance considering this is Johnson’s first major studio-backed feature.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. I know PA4s box office isnt as high as the past two but i really dont see how it can be considered disappointing, considering it only had a budget of 5 million according to boxofficemojo. most studios would kill to have a film gross 6 times its budget opening weekend, no matter what the budget.

    • I agree with you that the films are still crazy profitable but this is the first one not to make more money than its predecessor, which is important to note. Paranormal Activity as a franchise isn’t dead, but these opening weekend numbers suggest audiences aren’t as eager to see them on Friday night as they once were.

  2. Head up, that’s ‘Kevin james MMA comedy’ not ‘Kevin smith’

    • Good catch. I’ll get that fixed.

  3. When did ScreenRant put the “TV & Movie News Without the Sugar Coating” up top? Is that new or am I just barely noticing that now? :)

    • @boogoo – I’m pretty sure we’ve had it up there for years. Could be wrong though.

      Paul Young – Moderator

      • It was there a couple years ago, then it was removed, (even read a Screen Rant writer refer to it as your former slogan or something like that), and then it was put back. So it hasn’t been there consistantly for years.

        • Ohh, thanks!

  4. No suprise that pa4 did what I thought it would it do. I did enjoy it it wasn’t bad not as good as two (which personally is the best in te series) but I enjoyed it. I think I liked it so much because I actually cared for the main girl I felt worried and scared for her at times.

    I also got a chance to see pitch perfect and wow that is a great film. Good singing great acting and good comedy. I really enjoyed it. Anna Kendrick is great as always and rebel Wilson is gonna blow up cuz she is hilarious!

  5. All the activity has led to this… a disappointing weekend box office. Nothing spectacular, especially considering PA 3 generated nearly double the final take.

    The film ending is over-the-top. Did the movie have to end this way? Overall, PA 4 is a decent watch. The falling action is shocking like in The Cabin in the Woods type of ending (bad).

  6. I think Alex Cross’s biggest handicap was having Tyler Perry in it. It would be hard to take him seriously when until this, all he is known for is cross-dressing in those ridiculously horrid Madea crapfests.

    • Not only the horrid drag Madea films, but the horrid television series he had on TBS. Terrible, I can’t go see him because he’s…. Tyler Perry. Not funny. Tyler Perry being serious in anything? That ship has long sailed. *shrugs*

  7. I saw “Frankenweenie” yesterday, and I thought it was an excellent film…brilliant in parts. It honored a wide variety of monster flicks (Universal Classic, Gremlins, Godzilla), had a touching, interesting story & characters, and paid attention to a number of very cool details. Plus, it was just plain funny (while maintaining its sweetness). THIS is the type of film at which Burton excels…definitely a repeat viewing in the theater for me and a Blu-ray purchase (visually wonderful, cleverly conceived as well).

  8. Maybe P4 didn’t take in much because alot of ppl, me especially included, were so totally and completely disappointed with P3 we didn’t want to shell out any more money for the franchise. Yeah, I guess I’m still pissed off about it.

  9. I really don’t get way people pay to see this movie, it sucks. Its not scary, unoriginal, bad acting, and found fotage is getting annoying. It suprises me that a movie like Argo makes little money in the box office but a movie like PA4 makes tons of money. I guess that way horror movies are still made you csn have a terrible movie but still make lots of money. Nobody cares about making a great moive, or making a movie that going to be talked about in 10-20 years its all about money now. That is something that I hope to cahnge once I start making movies.