January 4, 2014 |
Coming out of a holiday season led by the festive "Frozen" and a "Hobbit" sequel, the low-budget "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" is staking a claim for big-screen chills as the new year gets underway. A spinoff from the found-footage franchise that has generated more than $350 million domestically so far, "The Marked Ones" earned an estimated $8.7 million on Friday to top the box office charts heading into the weekend. The thriller is expected to earn between $25 million and $30 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys, and it could continue a string of inexpensive horror films that performed well at the box office last year, including "Mama" and "Insidious: Chapter 2. " "Paranormal Activity 5," a film not tied to the story of "The Marked Ones," is also due in October.
January 2, 2014 |
A low-budget, Latino-targeted horror offshoot could steal enough souls to possess the box office over the weekend. But to do so, it will have to out-draw a "Hobbit" sequel and "Frozen," which are both enjoying a strong holiday season. Paramount Pictures' "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" could gross $25 million to $30 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to those who have seen pre -release audience surveys. The movie cost about $5 million to make, similar to the last two "Paranormal Activity" films.
October 20, 2011 |
The third "Paranormal Activity" movie will spook its competitors at the box office this weekend. But it remains to be seen whether it can scare up more dollars than the franchise's second installment. "Paranormal Activity 3" is expected to collect $40 million to $45 million domestically, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Paramount Pictures, the studio releasing the movie, is predicting a softer debut of around $35 million. The second "Paranormal" film opened to $40.7 million on the same weekend last year.
January 6, 2014 |
The first week of January has been an auspicious time for horror movies. Industry types would say it's the lack of fresh box-office competition, though it's also always seemed just as likely that the aftermath of the holidays are ripe for a good slasher picture. Two years ago on the same weekend “The Devil Inside” scored an eye-popping $33 million, blowing away expectations. Last year “Texas Chainsaw 3D” - a sequel to a lesser horror property than some of its '80s counterparts - managed a $22-million opening despite being just the third movie in the series over the last 15 years.
October 3, 2009 |
Just for the record, the time to tell your significant other that an evil force has been stalking you since you were 8 is long before you're engaged and have moved in together. I'm not suggesting the whole demon/ghost/unidentified whatever is a deal breaker, but it should at least get a mention. Consider the case of Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat), the young couple at the terrifying center of "Paranormal Activity." By the time Katie tells Micah about her "problem" and by the time Micah takes it seriously, that "thing that goes bump in the night" has really built up a head of steam.
August 25, 2012 |
There is something haunting "The Apparition," stalking its dark corners and lying in wait to make itself seen. That something would be the wildly successful "Paranormal Activity" franchise, liberally and frequently borrowed from here as something of a default centering position. After a brief opening explaining a 1970s parapsychology experiment that seems to set it up as yet another fake-found-footage endeavor, the film switches to present day and a more conventional movie style.