As Halloween approaches, movie fans have "Sinister" to satisfy their needs at theaters, and this weekend, enter one more film.
That would be "Paranormal Activity 4," which lands in more than 3,000 theaters. Now, let's be clear, "Hotel Transylvania" and "Frankenweenie" are there as well. As for "Frankenweenie," the scary part of that would be its box office. Never again will a marketing department allow one of its film to be released so close to another in the same genre. "Frankenweenie" folk, for the most part, didn't think that "Hotel Transylvania" would do so good. Instead, their film got knocked out.
Besides "Paranormal Activity 4," the other wide release is "Alex Cross" in 2,400 theaters. They join an ever-growing and crowded field.
With the naming of Seth MacFarlane as host of next year's Oscar show, his film may get some mentions as well. Or at least it should. It is now the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all-time, worldwide. At this writing, that number is at $469 million and is passed the original "Hangover" film.
Meanwhile, the Gotham Awards mentions have been released. They call these New York awards the first major honors of film. They will be handed out Nov. 26. Take note that the Hollywood Film Awards have already been named, so the term major is the key, perhaps. Gotham will pick from the following for Best Feature: "Bernie"; "The Loneliest Planet"; "The Master"; "Middle of Nowhere" and "Moonrise Kingdom."