Paranormal Activity Edges Out Saw VI in Friday Box Office Battle

Preliminary Box Office Numbers Are InHere at Dread Central we typically wait until Sunday, when the final estimates are in, to report on weekend box office numbers. But the results from Friday are just too sweet not to pass them on to you guys.

According to the latest news from Variety, Paranormal Activity took the top spot with $7.6 million; however, the pic didn’t entirely scare away Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ Saw VI, which notched second with $7 million. Paranormal generated a per site of $3,907 at 1,945 sites, while Saw VI bled $2,305 at 3,036.

Bowing in the late October frame as its previous chapters, Saw VI fell short of the double-digit opening numbers of installments II through V, its last three posting an opening day north of $14 million. Nonetheless, Saw VI did outperform its original 2004 edition, which made $6.7 million on its first Friday. That pic’s final weekend take was $18.3 million.

At the other end of the spectrum, Universal and Relativity’s Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant directed by Paul Weitz, bowed in seventh with an estimated $2.2 million off 2,754.

Anything can happen today of course, so be sure to come back tomorrow for the final results. In the meantime check out this recent appearance by Paranormal Activity stars Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat on Access Hollywood.

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  • TheFritz

    PA’s $22 mil over SAW’s $14 mil weekend estimate (via! That’s amazing, given it’s in about half the theaters!!! If that’s not evidence of the audience’s disdain for Hollywood dribble I don’t know what is.

    I’m going again tonight to help pound a nail into Jigsaw’s coffin! GO PARANORMAL ACTIVITY!!!

  • Terminal

    This is excellent news. And the fact that Halloween is fast approaching benefits the film a great deal. To paraphrase another user above, this is proof that horror fans want original, daring, and genuinely scary horror movies, not the same old revamped, remade swill that they pour on us every year. Hopefully this can be an example that originality can win out if given the proper treatment. Paramount has been so good to this movie, I hope we start getting more original productions in theaters. Thank you Paramount for giving this excellent movie a chance to succeed. More power to you Mr. Peli, enjoy the success.

  • Rottenjesus

    Of course with this great box office, Paranormal Activity will now be subject to the inevitable backlash by people who will compare it to “Blair Witch” and say things like “it’s not scary” or “it’s not that good”. Bollocks to those poor saps I say.

    It’s amazing that a low budget movie with such a great premise is making a killing in mainstream movie theaters. Fuckin’ A!

  • Mr. Dark

    This is just massive.

    Has anyone mentioned that this movie is two years old and was made for FIFTEEN GRAND??? We have another Blair Witch on our hands, folks, it’s a phenomenon. I hope it proves to the studios that original horror with real quality beats remakes, restarts, revamps, and every other piece of shit with a word with ‘re’ involved.

    • Uncle Creepy

      Actually it was 11 grand. 😉

      • Rottenjesus

        That’s amazing! I wish I could make a movie like this for 11 grand that doesn’t involve a pizza delivery guy and slutty twin babysitters.

  • Cash Bailey


    The SAW series can suck a turd to a point and stab itself in the eye with it.

  • TheFritz


    Being a huge fan of PA and a truly outspoken opponent to all things post the first SAW, that’s the best news I could have hoped for today! I hope that little independent gem finally slays that wretched waste of money, time, effort and celluloid known as “the SAW franchise” once and for all!!!

    Listen up Hollywood, the audience is demanding new, fresh and ORIGINAL (look it up!) entertainment! Not the same old recycled garbage the studios continue to try to shove down our collective throats!

    Now excuse me while a dance a jig in celebration!