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article image'Paranormal Activity 4' wins and 'Argo' stays strong

By Tim O'Brien     Oct 21, 2012 in Entertainment
If Friday's opening numbers for "Paranormal Activity 4" played out, the movie would have beat the studio's estimate of $40 million, but they fell short.
"PA4" ended Friday with $15 million and with its $30 million take, it easily wins the weekend and keeps the box office on the mend from those dismal late summer figures. But, truth be told, "Hotel Transylvania" continues to impress as it finishes third, while "Argo" stays in second place. One glaring item to pull from the numbers is that "Argo' only dropped 14 percent from its opening weekend. In what is sure to be an Oscar contender, "Argo" showed great strength as it goes forward.
Even though "Sinister" is laying low, there is nothing to worry about as the low budget film has quietly pulled in $30 million since it opened. Of course, theater counts matter when tallying up the numbers, and "Alex Cross," despite the lower numbers there, did still disappoint. After two weeks at the top, "Taken 2" takes up residence at No. 4.
1. "Paranormal Activity 4" - $30,200,000
2. "Argo" - $16,625,000
3. "Hotel Transylvania" - $13,500,000
4. "Taken 2" - $13,400,000
5. "Alex Cross" - $11,750,000
As the year winds down, this column will also feature award notes, as the last story did. For that, go here. "Argo" is strong, but many are looking forward to the release of "Lincoln" and Les Miserables." "Lincoln" opens in limited release on Nov. 9 while going wider after that. There will be talk of it going up against "Skyfall," the new James Bond flick - and it will get beat. Those headlines and stories will be deceiving since "Lincoln" will be limited. As for "Les Miserables," it opens on Dec. 25 and will be poised as an Oscar front-runner even before it opens.
Oddly, or noteworthy on its own, is that the last time a musical won Best Picture was when "Chicago" won. The producers of the next Oscar telecast were the ones behind that film. They are Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
One last pull item from the box office list is the per screen average of $30,250 for "The Sessions." The Helen Hunt gets naked flick was only in four theaters.
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