At The Movies: Low Budget Horror, ‘Paranormal Activity’, Shoots To #1 After Wide Release

By Tim Boswell  |  10/26/2009

2009-10-08 - Paranormal movieWith Halloween coming next weekend, moviegoers were in the mood for a scare over the weekend, helping the low budget horror, "Paranormal Activity," to the weekend throne, beating out new releases such as "Astro Boy" and "Saw VI."

The Paramount Pictures horror flick raked in $22 million in its fifth weekend, taking it's overall domestic total to just over $62 million.

Not bad, since the film cost just under $20,000 to make,

The film went into wide release this weekend, after appearing in select market over the last few weekends. The studios ran a unique online campaign to help take it nationwide, asking fans to DEMAND IT, 1 million times, if they wanted it to go national, and they did.

Right behind "Paranormal" was the latest installment of the "Saw" franchise. The new flick earned $14.8 million over the weekend to take it to #2.

Then, last weekend's winner, "Where The Wild Things Are," took in $14.4 million to put it at #3.

Over new releases included the animated "Astro Boy", landed at #6 with $7 million in ticket sales; "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" sitting in the #8 position with $6.3 million; and the Amelia Earhart biopic, "Amelia", coming in at #11 with just $4 million.

Next weekend, look out for the highly anticipated release of "Michael Jackson's This Is It," a film documenting his rehearsals of what was to be his final concert series; and the expansion of the comedy/drama "Motherhood" starring Uma Thurman and Minnie Driver.

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1 - "Paranormal Activity," $22 million.
2 - "Saw VI", $14.8 million.
3 - "Where The Wild Things Are", $14.42 million.
4 - "Law Abiding Citizen", $12.71 million.
5 - "Couples Retreat", $11 million.
6 - "Astro Boy", $7 million.
7 - "The Stepfather", $6.5 million.
8 - "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant", $6.34 million.
9 - "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs", $5.6 million
10 - "Zombieland", $4.3 million.