Moviegoers Flock to Couples Retreat

Zombieland drops to second; Paranormal Activity shines
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2009 1:58 PM CDT
"Couples Retreat" co-star Kristen Bell poses for photographers at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(Newser) – Poor reviews proved no barrier to box office success this weekend as Couples Retreat did $35.3 million worth of business, dethroning Zombieland after a 2-week reign. The big news of the weekend was overachieving thriller Paranormal Activity, which broke a record for a feature playing on fewer than 200 screens, Variety reports. The top five:

  1. Couples Retreat, $35.3 million
  2. Zombieland, $15 million
  3. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, $12 million
  4. Toy Story/Toy Story 2 reissue, $7.6 million
  5. Paranormal Activity, $7.1 million
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