Paranormal Activity 2, the sequel to the extremely successful and cheap ($15,000 budget) horror with the same name that came out just little over 1 year ago, drops on the big screen this weekend in 3216 theaters, a lot more then the 12 theaters the first one had when it came out.
Thing is that 15,000 dollar movie called Paranormal Activity did make more then $193 million worldwide so a wide release was expected from the sequel. Obviously the guys at Paramount have a lot higher expectations for this movie’s opening. I’m thinking this should make more then 30 million, possibly $32 million this weekend. It might not be able to reach the $107 million the first one made in North America but considering the low cost of this entry, it won’t be a problem and we should see Paranormal Activity again next year, maybe in 3D?
The second wide release this weekend is Hereafter, another drama directed by Clint Eastwood and this time starring Matt Damon. Truth be told this movie did open last weekend but it was in limited release, 6 theaters and managed to make a bit over $0.3 million in 7 days. Now Warner Bros are expanding it to 2181 theaters so I expect a decent $14 million weekend, enough for a 3rd place at the box office.
Now let’s look at the holdovers starting with Jackass 3-D. Like all entries in this series, I expect it to have a pretty steep drop but it should still make at least $21 million and that should get to almost $87 million total in just 10 days, something I bet none of the crazy guys that made this movie expected.
Red is looking good and should have a less then 50% drop for something like $11 or $12 million, just enough to hit $40 million. I don’t know about you guys but I do want to see a sequel to this so I hope it makes at least 25 more in North America and a lot more around the world.
Finally The Social Network is going to push past the $70 million mark thanks to an expected $7 million weekend.
That’s about it for the top 5 and next week it’s Halloween and you know what that means, Saw 7 or should I say Saw 3D, probably the last one in the very long lasting horror series.