The Box-Office Top Five
#1 "Couples Retreat" ($35.3 million)
#2 "Zombieland" ($15 million)
#3 "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" ($12 million)
#4 "Toy Story" & "Toy Story 2" 3-D Double Feature ($7.7 million)
#5 "Paranormal Activity" ($7.1 million)
The surprise hit of the weekend was none other than the fifth-place-finishing
Paramount's decision to expand "Paranormal" to 160 theaters resulted in a $7.1 million weekend, bringing the film's cumulative intake to $8.3 million. It's hard to predict how much money the horror movie will make once it goes nationwide next weekend. Given the film's success story so far though, the numbers are sure to be high.
Of course, credit must go where credit is due as the Vaughn-starring "Couples Retreat" snagged the box office's top prize. The comedy earned $35.3 million by the end of Sunday evening, which is consistent with the results of Vaughn's other recent romantic comedies "Four Christmases" (2008) and "The Break-Up" (2006), which earned $31 million and $39 million, respectively, on their debut weekends.
Despite the victory of "Retreat," Sony Pictures managed to hold strong in second and third place with "Zombieland" and "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." Both films continued their fantastic performances for the movie studio with $15 million and $12 million intakes, respectively. And with a cumulative $47.8 million intake thus far, "Zombieland" has already earned more than twice the cost it took to make the movie. "Meatballs," meanwhile, is on the cusp of eating its way past its $100 million budget in its fourth weekend at the box office.
If the success of "Paranormal Activity" thus far is any indicator, rival releases like Spike Jonze's "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Law Abiding Citizen," featuring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, have plenty to fear when the low-budget horror flick goes nationwide next weekend.
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