Box Office Results: Couples Retreat peaks, but Paranormal Activity stuns

Studio Estimates for Oct. 9-11:

1.  Couples Retreat – $35.3 million
2.  Zombieland – $15 million
3.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – $12 million
4.  Toy Story/Toy Story 2 – $7.7 million
5.  Paranormal Activity – $7.1 million


To no surprise, Couples Retreat won the box office this weekend with its big name cast and the fact that it was the only wide release movie that came out.  Taking in $35.3 million, it’s the highest-grossing Columbus Day weekend gross on record ahead of Meet the Parents (Box Office Mojo).

Zombieland continued its success by ranking in second with $15 million.  Another movie continuing its success was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which landed in the third spot with $12 million.  The second weekend of its two-week run totaled $7.7 million for Toy Story/Toy Story 2 (3-D).

But the big story of the weekend was the insane $7.1 million that Paranormal Activity grossed in only 160 theaters.  That’s a per-theater-average of over $44,000!  Finally breaking its midnight-only showings, the hype and word-of-mouth was definitely a big reason why everyone went to see this doc-style horror film.  Paramount Pictures will be taking advantage of its momentum by expanding it even more this Friday.

As for our predictions, I was able to predict all of the Top 5 films and in the correct order (patting myself on the back as I type).

Check back on Friday for our new predictions.  The highly anticipated adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are will receive a huge release of over 3,500 theaters.  Meanwhile, horror gets its film with The Stepfather and action/thriller gets its film with Law Abiding Citizen.  It should be a good weekend for movies.


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