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Found footage – what a yawn

Is anybody else fed up with the found footage genre? Come on Hollywood, you've had a good run with the thing and we all know the $5m (£3m) price tag means this will end up being profitable for Paramount, but for the sake of originality can you mine a new genre? Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones arrived on $18.2m (£11.1m) in second place and in the process became the first of the last four entries in the horror franchise not to open at number one. The box-office number is quite a way down from the $29m (£17.7m) October 2012 debut of Paranormal 4. Tweaking the story to centre »

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