1. "Where The Wild Things Are" ($32.5 million)
2. "Law Abiding Citizen" ($21.3 million)
3. "Paranormal Activity" ($20.3 million)
4. "Couples Retreat" ($17.9 million)
5. "The Stepfather" ($12.3 million)
The wild rumpus was in full swing at the box office this weekend as "Where The Wild Things Are," the Spike Jonze-directed adaptation of Maurice Sendak's much-beloved children's book, decisively outgrossed the competition for a first place finish. "Wild Things" managed a $32.5 million intake by Sunday's conclusion, which wasn't quite as high as what some watchdogs thought the film might earn, but it's not a bad start towards earning back its $80 million budget.
"Law Abiding Citizen," the Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler-starring thriller, took the weekend's silver medal. The F. Gary Gray-directed film hasn't received the greatest of reviews but it clearly satisfied moviegoers enough to earn a respectable $21.3 million opening weekend. The movie only cost $50 million to make, so the team behind "Law Abiding Citizen" shouldn't be disappointed with the weekend's results.
The little engine that could — otherwise known as "Paranormal Activity," the Oren Peli-directed low-budget horror flick — continued chugging its way past competitors for a third place finish. "Paranormal" managed only $1 million less than "Law Abiding Citizen" without the advantage of any star power or a particularly wide release. To date, the film has made $33.7 million in only 760 theaters, proving that sometimes you don't need Oscar-winning talent to make a lucrative film — sometimes, you just need a high quality, critically-praised piece of work.
Unfortunately, the same success didn't follow "Couples Retreat" into its second weekend in theaters. The Vince Vaughn-starring comedy managed only $17.9 million at fourth place, losing out to the considerably less accessible "Paranormal Activity." But "Couples Retreat" wouldn't surrender to "The Stepfather," the remake of the '80s horror film that earned the last seat in the top five with a $12.3 million.
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