Paranormal Activity spooks the US box office

Saw VI is blunted…

Proving that it's clearly no flash in the pan, Paranormal Activity stormed to the top of the US box office this weekend, moving up from third to first place and nabbing $22 million.

Despite showing in 1,000 fewer cinemas than Saw VI - the latest incarnation of the once-powerful torture porn franchise - Paranormal scored victory and Saw only nabbed $14.8 million, less than half the opening of previous outings.

The micro-budget thriller is apparently now in the running to be Paramount's most profitable film ever, since it was made for $11,000, sold to the studio for $300,000 and only had around $9-10 million spent on prints and ads. It's now over $62 million and making a run for $100 million...

Where The Wild Things Are slipped down to third with a 55% drop and $14.4 million, while Law Abiding Citizen netted fourth with $12.7 million. Couples Retreat sank to fifth with ($11 million).

Astro Boy could only splutter into sixth place, taking $7 million. But that was still better than fellow new arrives Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (eighth with $6.4 million) and Amelia (11th with $4 million, though that was admittedly in 818 cinemas).

Your full top 10, then…

  1. Paranormal Activity ($22 million)
  2. Saw VI ($14.8 million)
  3. Where The Wild Things Are ($14.4 million)
  4. Law Abiding Citizen ($12.7 million)
  5. Couples Retreat ($11 million)
  6. Astro Boy ($7 million)
  7. The Stepfather ($6.5 million)
  8. Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant ($6.3 million)
  9. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs ($5.6 million)
  10. Zombieland ($4.3 million)

[Data Source: Box Office Mojo]

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