Paranormal Activity Slays Saw VI

Sleeper hit pulls in $22M to sequel's $14.8M
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2009 1:31 PM CDT
This publicity image released by Paramount Pictures shows a scene from the sleeper hit "Paranormal Activity."   (AP Photo/Paramount)

(Newser) – The sleeper hit with the five-figure production budget and red-hot word of mouth triumphed in the weekend box office race as Paranormal Activity handily topped the latest installment in the Saw series. The weekend's $22 million haul in 2,000 theaters brings the 5-week total for Paranormal Activity to $62.5 million. Saw VI generated $14.8 million in 3,000 locations, Variety reports. The top 5:

  1. Paranormal Activity, $22 million
  2. Saw VI, $14.8 million
  3. Where the Wild Things Are, $14.4 million
  4. Law Abiding Citizen, $12.7 million
  5. Couples Retreat, $11.1 million
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