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Weekend Box Office: 'Saw 3D' Cuts Up The Competition; 'Jackass 3D' Crosses $100 Million

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2010 6:37 AM
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While there was a brief moment this year when Lionsgate and Paramount were both eyeing an October 22nd bow for their respective horror franchise sequels, it was a probably a good idea that "Saw 3D" moved out of the way. Opening to $24.2 million, the figure is nowhere near the $41.5 million haul last weekend for "Paranormal Activity 2," but though the figure is being seen as a "disappointment" in some quarters, we don't imagine Lionsgate is too upset. It takes the number one slot this weekend and represents an uptick for the franchise which saw its last two installments open in second place with figures under $20 million. And while it's not in the range of the $30 million plus openings of the first four films, its certainly more than enough incentive for producers to find a way to keep this wheezy franchise going. Though touted as the final entry in the series, the door is left wide open for another film where young people and rap-rock stars get eviscerated in increasingly elaborate traps. For some reason, this creatively bankrupt series still has its fans.

Review: 'Paranormal Activity 2' Should Appeal To Those Looking For A Cheap Scare

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • October 22, 2010 2:40 AM
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And That's About It"Paranormal Activity 2" director Tod Williams doesn't follow in the footsteps of horror greats John Carpenter, Dario Argento, or George Romero. Instead he takes his plays from the book of his predecessor in the series, Oren Peli. But even with the bar set so low, fake documentary "Paranormal Activity 2" feels more like a direct-to-DVD knockoff from The Asylum instead of a proper sequel to the indie hit.

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