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UPDATED: Paranormal Activity Scares Up Humongous Box Office

**UPDATE: The final numbers are in, and Paranormal Activity was under-estimated. It actually came in FOURTH with $7.9 million!**

After this weekend Paranormal Activity can officially be upgraded from a cult hit in the making to a pop culture phenomenon getting ready to explode. Made for around $11,000 and currently playing on only 160 screens, Paranormal Activity came in fourth at the box office with a – HOLY CRAP! – take of $7,900,695. That is a gargantuan $49,000+ per screen average, more than likely a record for a film on that many screens.

The numbers are provided by BoxOfficeMojo, and remember, folks, Paramount hasn’t even gone wide with the film yet.

The critical reviews and word of mouth have been primarily positive, and even mainstream magazines like Time are beginning to pick up on the fact that the Paranormal Activity freight train cometh (read Richard Corliss’s article here, but beware of spoilers).

If I were Lionsgate, I might be a little nervous that this Halloween’s Saw killer has arrived. If I were the producers of Disturbia 2 … I mean The Stepfather remake … opening this coming week, I’d be downright scared.

So how long until the inevitable backlash kicks into full effect?

The Foywonder

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  • Cash Bailey

    Fucking hell!!

    Congrats to Oren and all who have believed in this film since the very early days.

    And that includes the Dread Central crew.

  • TheFritz

    FANTASTIC! I hope you’re right about Crap-father and Zzz (I mean Saw) and all the other crap-tastic piles of garbage Hollywood has planned! The audience is speaking, no – scratch that, they’re SCREAMING for fresh entertainment that isn’t the same old, glossy coated, rehashed and regurgitated tripe from 20 years ago!!! Wake up and smell the Independent coffee, Hollywood! The audience already has and they won’t be going to your “McFilms” anymore!

  • Floydian Trip

    Wow..fucking wow. So I guess this will knock Blair Witch out of the Guiness Book of World Records if it hasn’t been already.

  • Ryantherebel

    Say Foy, what did you think of the movie?

    • Foywonder

      Ask me again after I’ve seen it.

  • Blockbuster

    Heheh…Disturbia 2…NICE.

  • Vermithrax

    I am still pissed Lionsgate is releasing this wide yet is still managing to only hit Orlando, Tampa, and Miami….so in other words no matter which way I drive I am still driving 4 hours which ain’t happening. thanks Lionsgate once again.

    • The Woman In Black

      While there are certainly a lot of things to be pissed at Lionsgate about, Paranormal Activity’s release cities isn’t one of them. Paramount is the distributor this time.

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