Paranormal Activity 3 opens huge, while The Three Musketeers flops at the weekend box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

I don’t pretend to understand the fascination with the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise, so I’m not going to attempt to explain how the third film in the series about hidden cameras catching ghosts/spirits can make $55 million in a weekend.  I’m going to assume it’s because it had zero competition from other horror movies and Halloween is barely a week away.  What I can explain is why THE THREE MUSKETEERS 3D bombed to an embarrassing fourth place and won’t even take in $10 million; director Paul W.S. Anderson.  Genre fans know to stay away from his movies and the rest of America apparently has no interest in watching the beloved Alexandre Dumas story get completely trashed on the big screen (again).

But Oscar season can’t come soon enough as hopefully we can get some decent movies opening up.  Next week sees the release of IN TIME, PUSS IN BOOTS and THE RUM DIARY, all of which are going to have their work cut out for them in trying to beat PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 on Halloween weekend.  But my money is on PUSS IN BOOTS because there isn’t anything in theaters for the kids to see and the film actually looks like it could be fun.  Note that the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

Paranormal Activity 3

1. Paranormal Activity 3 $55m

2. Real Steel $10.9m

3. Footloose $10.5m

4. The Three Musketeers $8.8m

5. The Ides of March $5.1m

6. Dolphin Tale $4.7m

7. Moneyball $4.4m

8. Johnny English Reborn $4m

9. The Thing $3.1m

10. 50/50 $2.9m

Source: Deadline

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