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Box Office Final Numbers: Weather Knocks Film Grosses Down Across The Board

OPENING: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Paramount, wide) $18.3 est. 3-day opening for recast franchise NOTEWORTHY: Frozen (DIS) crosses $600M worldwide

BoxOffice_logo__131122164403-275x206__131207011855UPDATED MONDAY, 1:30 PM: Final numbers for all weekend estimates are less than expected as arctic temps across the nation kept moviegoers home Sunday night. As it played out, The Wolf of Wall Street ended up at $13.2M and American Hustle at $12.4M for the three-day weekend and, of the top ten, Wolf had the best weekend to weekend hold, down 29%. Other pics have been in the marketplace longer, of course, but it is still worth noting. Opening wide this Friday will be The Legend of Hercules from Lionsgate from director Renny Harlin, Universal’s Afghan battle pic Lone Survivor and expanding to 1,700 screens is Warner Bros.’ Her from Spike Jonze. Here are the final numbers and rankings from this weekend. Bottom ten on second page:

1). Frozen (DIS), $19,575,525 3-day (-32% from previous weekend) / 3,318 locations (-17) / $5,900 average / Cume: $296,691,729 / Wk 7

2). Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (PAR), $18,343,611 / 2,867 locations / $6,398 average / Cume: $18,343,611, / Wk 1

3). The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (WB), $15,675,220 (-46%)/ 3,730 locations (-168) $4,202 average / Cume: $229,059,642 / Wk 4

4). The Wolf Of Wall Street (PAR), $13,230,353 (-29%) / 2,557 locations (+20) / $5,174 average / Cume: $63,125,467 / Wk 2

5). American Hustle (SONY), $12,404,207 (-34%) / 2,518 locations (+11) / $4,926 average / Cume: $87,923,123 / Wk 4

6). Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (PAR) $10,633,959 (-45%)/ 3,407 locations (-100) / $3,121 average / Cume; $108,713,472 / Wk 3

7). Saving Mr. Banks (DIS), $8,694,891 (-35%) / 2,110 locations (0) / $4,121 average / Cume: $58,958,280 / Wk 4

8). The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (FOX), $8,001,717  (-37%)/ 2,922 locations (+13) / $2,738 average / Cume: $45,470,954 / Wk  2

9). The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (LG), $7,051,309 (-30%) / 2,143 locations (-172) / $3,290 average / Cume: $407,139,699 / Wk 7

10). Grudge Match (WB), $5,325,423 (-34%) / 2,856 locations (+18) / $1,865 average / Cume: $24,835,480, / Wk 2

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‘Paranormal Activity’ Opens To $1.2M Thursday For Paramount; ‘Hunger Games’ Catches its $400M

Paranormal Activity: The Marked OnesThe only new box office offering this weekend, horror film Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones opened decently on Thursday night for $1.2M in 1,600 theaters. Paramount estimates show the picture on track to a midteen-millions 3-day weekend, though bad weather in the Northeast is impacting box office. The hilarious thing is that the studio is calling it “a new franchise.” To audiences, the franchise is associated with the title. To be fair this one has been recast with Hispanic actors this time around (which could be a smart move). How this film will do in the long run will be interesting to watch. The studio says it’s only a $5M budget (who knows?).

Horror movies, as a rule, are hard to track and audiences for these kind of films can either flock or flee depending on the film. Carrie opened to $16.1M but then clearly underperformed, grossing only $35.2 for its distributor Screen Gems. On the other hand, Mama, which also opened in January, ended up grossing more than $71M domestically for Universal. Paramount-Pictures-LogoStudios have in recent years looked to January as the time to open horror movies — sometimes they work, and other times they don’t. One Missed Call, which was a remake of the successful Japanese horror film, opened the same weekend in 2008 to $12.5M and grossed $26.8M for Warner Bros, while Cursed open at the beginning of the year (in February) and underperformed. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 9:03am PDT

Paramount is going down the spinoff road with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, due out January 3. The trailer that dropped today gives the first look at the pic, which the distributor had mostly been mum about other than saying it will target the franchise’s sizable Latino fanbase using mostly Latino actors (the lead role of Jesse is played by newcomer Andrew Jacobs). Christopher Landon, who wrote three of the Paranormal Activity pics, wrote and directed. It certainly seems like the stage is being set for more of these:

Related: Greenlight For ‘Paranormal Activity’ Latino Spinoff

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Scout’s Honor: ‘Paranormal’s Christopher Landon Helming ‘Scouts Vs. Zombies’

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 9:14am PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has tapped Christopher Landon to direct  Scouts Vs. Zombies as his followup to Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which the studio releases January 3. Landon wrote and directed that sequel after writing Paranormal Activity 3 and PA 4, and co-writing Paranormal 2. He will then take on Scouts Vs. Zombies. Landon will do a director’s pass on the Black List script by Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuk, which was re-written by Lona Williams, whose draft attracted directors to the project. Production begins in the spring. What’s it about? Think it through. The film is produced by Todd Garner and his Broken Road Productions, Andy Fickman and Betsy Sullenger of Oops Doughnuts, and Bryan Brucks and his Brucks Entertainment. Broken Road’s Sean Robins is exec producer. Langdon steps up to bigger budget fare after years of doing microbudget films at Paramount and working before that with Adam Goodman at DreamWorks on Disturbia. CAA and Mosaic rep Landon, who’s lawyered by Michael Schenkman.

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Paramount Dates ‘Paranormal Activity 5′ & Titles Latino Spin-Off ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’

Paramount is setting details for its next two Paranormal Activity franchise outings. The newly titled Latino-focused spin-off is now called Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and will debut January 3, 2014. The film helmed by series scribe Christopher Landon had originally been slated for an October 25, 2013 release but that spot will now be filled by comedy Paramount and MTV Films’ Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. Meanwhile, franchise sequel Paranormal Activity 5 will open in time for next year’s Halloween on October 24, 2014.

Related: ‘Paranormal Activity’ Latino Spinoff Gets January 4 Date

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