Paranormal Activity 2 Brings Home $41.5 Million


The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

Paramount Pictures’ Paranormal Activity 2 took over the box office this weekend, earning an estimated $41.5 million from 3,216 theaters. It’s a new record for a horror movie, surpassing the $40.6 million set by the Friday the 13th remake in 2009. Made for just $3 million, the Tod Williams-directed film starring Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim and Sprague Grayden, averaged an impressive $12,904 per location. The 2009 original opened to $77,873 from 12 theaters and then expanded wide with $21.1 million this same weekend last year on its way to $193.4 million worldwide. Paranormal Activity 2 topped the international box office this weekend as well with $22.1 million from 2,913 screens.

Paramount also took the second spot as Jackass 3D added $21.6 million its second weekend for a total of $87.1 million. While that’s a 57.1% drop in ticket sales, the third film cost just $20 million to make.

Summit’s graphic novel adaptation RED dropped a spot to third and just 31.1%, earning $15 million for a two-week total of $43.5 million. The action comedy was produced for $58 million.

After opening in limited theaters last week, Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter expanded wide into 2,181 theaters in which the drama collected $12 million, an average of $5,504 per site. Made for about $50 million, the Warner Bros. release stars Matt Damon, Cecile de France, Frankie McLaren, George McLaren, Jay Mohr and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Sony’s The Social Network rounded out the top five with $7.3 million, bringing its four-week total to $72.9 million so far.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.