Paranormal Activity 2 tops box office

Horror sequel scares off competition

Cashing in nicely on the success of its predecessor, haunted house sequel Paranormal Activity 2 has gone storming straight to the top of the box office with the most successful opening weekend ever recorded by a supernatural horror flick.

Banking a hefty $41.5 million (the previous best, in case anyone is remotely interested, was The Grudge’s $39.1 million back in 2004) the spooky chiller comfortably knocked last week’s number one Jackass 3D into second place with takings of $21.6 million.

The only other new release to break into the top ten is a similarly ghostly affair (albeit one that’s a little less traumatic) in the shape of Clint Eastwood’s The Hereafter, which managed to take fourth spot with an opening of just over $12 million.

Meanwhile, Red’s creaking cast show no signs of letting up just yet, with another $15 million keeping the blast-em-up in third place.

David Fincher’s excellent The Social Network continues to cling to the top five with a $7 million take, narrowly edging out Disney’s horsey offering Secretariat on $6.9 million.

Life As We Know It lies in seventh with $6.3 million, whilst Zack Snyder’s owl-based epic Legend Of The Guardians limps over the $50 million mark with a $3 million weekend.

The Town and Easy A round off the top ten, taking $2.7 million and $1.7 million respectively.

Looks as though we’ll be seeing more Paranormal Activity down the track (what, you think they’ll stop at two if they’re this popular?) although the spooks might not have it all their own way next weekend.

It’s Halloween you see, which can only mean one thing…yet another Saw movie. Yikes!

Will you be going to see Paranormal Activity 2? Let us know below…


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    • paparudge73

      Oct 25th 2010, 11:58

      What a waste, the original was over-hyped and underwhelming and now the sequel is a success -please not another series of ever decreasing returns (in terms of quality) ala the Saw films. Good to see the j*****s boys hanging in there, is it wrong that i consider their films feel-good!

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    • BruceShark

      Feb 23rd 2011, 22:01

      Please no. Just stop. The first two were terrible. Not scary or anything. This is bloody Saw's fault. Now every horror film has to be a franchise.

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    • Igrayne

      Jun 3rd 2011, 20:47

      How the hell can people watch nothing happen for two hours twice and still not learn? You require proof horror is dead Mr De Palma and Mr Carpenter? Here it is.

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