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Friday Top Ten: 'Sinister' Starts Strong, 'Argo' and 'Seven Psychopaths' Build Buzz

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood October 13, 2012 at 4:28PM

So far this weekend, the wealth is spread around several diverse films and grosses are down slightly from last Friday --which was bolstered by the hige operning of "Taken 2." By Sunday the order of the top films of the weekend should change. And the ultimate success of the most anticipated release -- Ben Affleck's "Argo" -- won't be known until longer into its run.

Hotel Transylvania
4. Hotel Transylvania (Sony) Week 3 - Last Friday: #2; Last Weekend: #2

$4,200,000 (-35%) in 3,375 theaters (+23): PSA: $1,244; Cumulative: $89,093,000

A strong hold for this thriving animated horror comedy. This has overperformed since the start, and is sustaining its strength as it continues.

What comes next: With Halloween still to come, this has a long way to go.

5. Here Comes the Boom (Sony) NEW - Cinemascore: A; Metacritic score: 41

$3,625,000 in 3,014 theaters: PSA: $1,203; Cumulative: $3,625,000

For star Kevin James and director Frank Coraci, this is a major disappointment. James' last seven live-action films had opening weekends of between $17 and $40 million. Other than his stumble with "Around the World in 80 Days," Coraci has had steady success, with four collaborations with Adam Sandler grossing $80 million or more.

It made sense to counterprogram a comedy this week, but the elements for this didn't lead to repeating earlier successes, at least initially. However, the A Cinemascore means a slight pick up the rest of the weekend is possible.

What comes next: This won't last much beyond two weeks unless interest picks up soon.

6. Pitch Perfect (Universal) Week 3 - Last Friday: #3; Last Weekend: #3

$3,000,000 (-39%) in 2,787 theaters (+17): PSA: $1,076; Cumulative: $29,748,000

Decent hold for this musical comedy as it continues to find a response with its intended more female audience.

What comes next: As a lower-budget film, it looks like Universal has maximized its appeal and is heading toward profit.

7. Looper (Sony) Week 3 - Last Friday: #4; Last Weekend: #4

$1,900,000 (-46%) in 2,605 theaters (-388): PSA: $729; Cumulative: $47,042,000

Though Rian Johnson's film has critics behind it and some fervent fans, it is falling steadily now can't sustain its impressive earlier performance.

What comes next: As a lower-budget film boasting significant early foreign performances, this remains a success for Sony.

8. Frankenweenie (Buena Vista) Week 2 - Last Friday: #5; Last Weekend: #5

$1,786,000 (-48%) in 3,005 (unchanged) theaters; PSA: $594; Cumulative: $16,807,000

Two much competition remains a problem for this Tim Burton 3-D animated film (particularly from "Hotel Transylvania") which is fading fast. It also followed "ParaNorman" as an animated horror entry. Timing was not on "Frankenweenie"'s side.

What comes next: This could have a hard time holding on in most theaters through Halloween.

9. Seven Psychopaths (CBS) NEW -  Metacritic score: 66

$1,360,000 in 1,480 theaters: PSA: $919; Cumulative: $1,360,000

A lower-budget wide release film (under $15 million) with a similar off-kilter appeal as director Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges" (which though a successful specialized film and better international performer ended up just under $8 million in US/Canada), CBS opened a bit more limited than is planned for its second week to a barely decent gross. But the point is to generate word of mouth, so with decent initial sampling this stands a good chance of repeating the appeal it showed when it won the Peoples' Choice award for favorite midnight film at the Toronto Film Festival.

What comes next: A close look at the full weekend to determine the extent of the expansion and increased marketing layout.

10. Atlas Shrugged: Part II (Atlas) NEW -  Metacritic score: 22

$692,000 in 1,012 theaters: PSA: $684; Cumulative: $692,000

A close lead over "Perks of Being a Wallflower" for 10th place for Friday, this might not make it for the full weekend. The first part of this Ayn Rand novel adaptation did just a little less on fewer than half as many theaters.

What comes next: DVD likely before too long.

This article is related to: Box Office, Box Office, Box Office, Argo, Ben Affleck

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.