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Top Ten Saturday Preview: 'Paranormal Activity' Leads Field; 'Argo' Holds Strong

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood October 20, 2012 at 4:02PM

Led by Paramount's "Paranormal 4," Friday grosses are up from last week. And Ben Affleck can breathe easy: "Argo" (at #2) fell only 14%, and three other films fell one third or less: "Hotel Transylvania" (#5), "Here Comes the Boom" (#7) and "Pitch Perfect" (#8). This is a sign of good word of mouth and/or continued interest. The rankings may change in the final weekend tally.
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'Paranormal Activity 4'
Paramount 'Paranormal Activity 4'

Led by Paramount's "Paranormal 4," Friday grosses are up from last week. And Ben Affleck can breathe easy: "Argo" (at #2) fell only 14%, and three other films fell one third or less: "Hotel Transylvania" (#5), "Here Comes the Boom" (#7) and "Pitch Perfect" (#8). This is a sign of good word of mouth and/or continued interest. The rankings may change in the final weekend tally.

The other wide opening was Lionsgate's "Alex Cross" with Tyler Perry starring as the detective earlier played by Morgan Freeman. Coming in at #4 initially, below the anticipated level, this could turn out to be a disappointment despite its low budget.

"Taken 2" (#3), "Sinister" (#6, way down from last Friday), "Looper" (#9) and "Frankenweenie" (dropping fast to #10) round out the list for now.

Among specialized openings. Fox Searchlight's "The Sessions" is headed for solid numbers at its four initial theaters, although not close to some other recent first weekends (including last month's "The Master" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower").

Check in for full reports on bothbox office the Top Ten and Arthouse Audit tomorrow.

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


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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.