Here 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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