Paranormal Activity Surpasses 100 Million at the Box Office

Talk about a milestone. Paranormal Activity (review here) has shattered any and all expectations at the box office, pulling in over 100 million dollars.

From the Press Release:
The hit $15,000 thriller PARANORMAL ACTIVITY has grown from its midnight-only showings to become this year’s biggest movie phenomenon and will cross $100 million at the box office after only five weekends of national release as of Friday. In so doing, the movie has become the top grossing R-rated thriller of the past decade.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY began its theatrical life with midnight-only screenings in 12 college towns across the U.S. and quickly developed into a nationwide hit with fans visiting the ParanormalMovie.com website and demanding the film be brought to their city. After more than 1 million such requests, Paramount expanded the film nationally, where it has been playing to packed theaters ever since.

“What is truly amazing about PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is the depth of commitment from fans who demanded to see it,” said Paramount Pictures Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brad Grey. “Adam Goodman, our head of production, believed in the film and championed it from the very first screening. This box-office milestone is also a testament to Oren Peli’s considerable talents as a filmmaker. All of us at Paramount are proud to have been involved with his revolutionary project.”

In PARANORMAL ACTIVITY after a young, middle-class couple move into what seems like a typical suburban “starter” tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be demonic, but is certainly most active in the middle of the night.

Especially when they sleep. Or try to.

Directed, written, and produced by Oren Peli, the innovative thriller stars Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat. The film was co-produced by Jason Blum. Steven Schneider served as executive producer.

Big congrats to everyone involved. It's great to see the little guy come out on top every now and then. Love it or not, you have to at least respect it for that.

Make sure you are following @TweetYourScream on Twitter and have joined the official Paranormal Activity Facebook fan page!

- Uncle Creepy

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This movie fcking sucked!!! I don't see how anyone can call this a horror movie? Then to label it as one of the scariest movies is INSANE! People need to demand a refund for this crap, as I want my money back!!!

Submitted by click67 on Sun, 11/15/2009 - 4:32pm.
LifeMi's picture

You're entitled to your own opinion, but it sounds like you saw a different movie. Last time I checked, a movie about a Demon haunting people is a horror movie. I wouldn't go as far as to call it one of the scariest movies ever made, but it's nevertheless damn effective and, in my opinion, scarier than Blair Witch. Besides, can you really bitch at Paranormal Activity with films like The Fourth Kind and The Stepfather around?

Submitted by LifeMi on Sun, 11/15/2009 - 5:53pm.
TheFritz's picture

That's awesome news for the little Indie horror film that could!

Kudos to Oren Peli, Paramount and all the cast and crew involved that proved you can actually make lots of money using traditional suspense and clever writing without relying on crutches like over-the-top special effects and cheap scares so prominent in the genre today. Let's hope this news gets other films produced that are actually scary instead of just more of the same old torture-porn.

Submitted by TheFritz on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 6:49pm.

The moronic movie-going masses continue to toss money at this piece of shit? No surprise here.
I am disturbed by those that actually refer to this steaming pile as a "horror" movie, though. They must be smoking the good stuff!

Submitted by Deacon on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 9:28am.
Cash Bailey's picture

Awesome!!! I hope Oren, Kate and Micah have been able to share fairly in this windfall.

Because they all deserve every damn cent they can get.

Submitted by Cash Bailey on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 12:22am.
Terminal's picture

"Big congrats to everyone involved. It's great to see the little guy come out on top every now and then. Love it or not, you have to at least respect it for that."

Amen to that. I think the success is very deserving of such an excellent horror film. I hope it keeps barreling through with more money.

Submitted by Terminal on Thu, 11/12/2009 - 11:38pm.

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