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For a long time, the "Paranormal Activity" franchise has seemed as unstoppable at the box office as those malevolent spirits that keep dragging those poor folks around in front of conveniently placed camcorders. Indeed, some pundits expected the newest installment, this weekend's "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," to earn as much as $24 million and open at No. 1 on the box office chart.
Instead, the film opened at the low end of the range of predictions, with an estimated $18.2 million and settling for second place, behind Disney's seven-week-old "Frozen," which earned an estimated $20.7 million at the box office and achieved the rare feat of returning to the top spot a month after having vacated it.
This isn't the first sign of trouble for the horror franchise. While the initial "Paranormal Activity" slowly built momentum as it expanded across the country, all the sequels since have enjoyed instant nationwide releases. "Paranormal Activity 2" opened north of $40 million, »
- Gary Susman
During the first box office weekend of 2014, Disney's animated "Frozen" movie returned to first place by adding another $21 million to its new worldwide total of $640 million. The film has been in release for more than six weeks, which makes it incredibly rare to bounce back to the top spot. "Frozen" is now the most successful Disney Animation Studios movie of all time after "The Lion King," and the fourth highest-grossing original animated movie of all time. The only new wide release of the weekend was the "Paranormal Activity" spin-off, called "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones." The film landed in second place with $18.2 million, which is great for a movie that cost only $5 million to make, but is lower than any of the "Paranormal Activity" installment. Overseas, "The Marked Ones" grossed another $16.2 million, pacing ahead of "The Devil Inside" and "The Conjuring" in some markets. The new movie, which ended up »
It’s been a good news/bad news weekend for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. The first (horror) movie of 2014 had a solid opening weekend but still proved no match for the frozen weather in and out of movie theaters.
Disney’s Frozen climbed back to the top of the box office after a weekend that saw a good chunk of the country literally frozen, forcing Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones to mark its territory in second place. $18.5 million is the weekend total for the Latino-centric found footage spin-off. That number has to be seen as both a positive (in relation to the movie’s $5 million budget) and a bit of a disappointment (in comparison to Paranormal Activity 4’s $29 million opening). That’s also less than last year’s New Year’s horror opening Texas Chainsaw 3D ($21 million) and 2012’s The Devil Inside ($32 million).
Despite a slew of positive reviews, »
In a rare fifth-frame resurgence, Disney’s all-audience steamroller “Frozen” climbed back to the top of the domestic box office, estimating $20.7 million in three days, enough to beat Paramount’s Hispanic-targeted spin-off, “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” which debuted with $18.2 million, the lowest opening for the franchise yet.
Overseas, the animated B.O. spectacle has reached $342.1 million after posting this weekend an estimated $52.5 million from 49 territories.
Warner Bros.-New Line’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” again won the weekend’s international crown, posting $58 million for an overseas cume of $527 million. Globally, the film, from MGM, crossed the $750 million mark this weekend.
While “The Marked Ones” saw a more modest Stateside start compared to the earlier “Paranormals,” the spin-off fell in line with »
- Andrew Stewart
Typical for early January, a new horror film marked the first new wide release of the year. And like the last two years, it started out in first place. "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" (Paramount) placed #1 for Friday, with $8,740,000 banked for opening day (including Thursday late shows). However, unlike "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "The Devil Inside," it appears that it won't make #1 for the weekend, as weekend matinees look poised to return Disney's "Frozen" (Buena Vista) to the #1 spot in its 7th weekend (the last film to do that was "Avatar"). With a gross of $6,750,000, "Frozen" led a group of holiday films that are turning out to be stronger than they initially appeared. In total they are outgrossing last year's batch. Yesterday's top 10 totaled $43 million, up over $3 million for 2013's post-New Year's weekend. Among the 10 are seven films that either have passed $100 million so far or are poised to do so, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Last night residents of the Northeastern Us were being warned of a snarling blizzard barreling their way. But even with the threat of 6 to 12 inches of snow, single digit temperatures, and vicious howling winds, fans of the Paranormal Activity franchise turned out in force. THR reports Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones took in $1.2 million from midnight screenings early Friday. With a reported budget of $5 million, this seems a fantastic start to the frightening franchise's spin-off installment. However, these figures pale in comparison to the midnight debuts of recently released similar horror titles. For instance, in 2012 another possession-centered horror-thriller The Devil Inside also opened the first week of January. Despite being spectacularly loathed by critics--boasting a 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes--this $1 million movie made $2 million at midnight screenings, on its way to a $33.7 mil opening weekend. Perhaps more to the point, Paranormal Activity 4, the previous release of this growing franchise, made »
Well, it’s time to kick off a whole new year of box-office coverage! And since it’s January, you know what that means — you’ll be seeing a lot of horror movies (and expanding Oscar contenders). This weekend, only one new wide release screams its way into theaters: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. If it weren’t for snowy conditions — both in real life and on screen — it would have a very clear shot at No. 1, but it will have to work hard to overcome Frozen, which has quickly evolved into a box-office behemoth. Here’s how the weekend »
- Grady Smith
“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” braved a snowstorm that blanketed the East Coast to scare up $1.2 million in late night screenings on Thursday, according to studio estimates. It debuted across 1,600 locations Paramount Pictures, which is fielding the $5 million film, noted that those results compare favorably to the $2 million that the similarly themed “The Devil Inside” racked up during its late night debut. That 2012 film was also released after the Christmas holidays, a traditionally strong time of year for the horror genre, and grossed $33.7 million in its opening weekend. Also read: How Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Turned Into a $500 »
- Brent Lang
Marking the first nationwide release of 2014, Paramount's Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones took in $1.2 million as it began rolling out in theaters Thursday night, coinciding with a bad snow storm in the Northeast. By way of comparison, Paramount's horror pic The Devil Inside earned $2 million in Thursday night shows a year ago on its way to a $33.7 million opening. The Latino-themed Marked Ones isn't expected to reach those same levels since it is competing with a crowded crop of carryover Christmas titles (this weekend is essentially considered the end of the holidays). Photos:
- Pamela McClintock
Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” materialized with a respectable $1.2 million in the U.S. in its first late night shows Thursday at about 1,600 locations.
Initial estimates range for the opening weekend range from $15 million to $20 million.
Paramount’s “The Devil Inside” grossed $2 million in its late night shows and went on to gross $38 million in the first weekend of 2012.
Cold weather in the East impacted many theaters, most notably in Boston and New York, according to Paramount.
The fifth edition of Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity” series will be competing against Warner Bros.’ “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which has won the past three weekends, and Disney’s sixth weekend of “Frozen.”
“Smaug” grossed $4.1 million on Thursday in the U.S. for a three-week total of $213.3 million. “Frozen” is nearing a $275 million domestic cume.
“The Marked Ones,” an offshoot of the franchise with new characters, has a budget »
- Dave McNary
Midnight Update: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones earned $1.2 million from late Thursday shows. That's noticeably lower than The Devil Inside, which brought in $2 million at midnight on the same weekend in 2012. Inclement weather may have had an impact, as much of the Northeast was under at least a half foot of snow. Still, Paramount is now expecting mid-teen-millions for The Marked Ones, which would be way off from Paranormal Activity 4's $29 million debut.Forecast: After taking a break from theaters in 2013, the Paranormal Activity franchise is back on the first weekend of the new year. The spin-off, subtitled The Marked Ones, will likely leverage the strong Paranormal brand and some fairly creepy previews in to a first place debut ahead of a handful of 2013 holdovers. Grosses may be a bit muted, though, by a blizzard that could put most of the Northeast under around a foot of snow.Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Welcome to the “Paranormal Activity”-dominated first weekend of the New Year. Not only is “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” the only new wide release hitting theaters, but it’s part of a highly successful franchise and will likely bank on the fact that moviegoers seem to have a taste for horror this time of year. Should “The Marked Ones” come close to “The Devil Inside,” it could put about $30 million in the bank by the end of the weekend. Even though the large majority of the box office veterans held strong over the holiday, the first weekend of the New Year is a different story. Should “The Hobbit: The Desolation [ Read More ]
- Perri Nemiroff
Early tracking shows “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” taking in around $15 million this weekend at approximately 2,800 locations — though some estimates place “The Marked Ones” closer to $20 million, where it would likely battle “Smaug” and Disney’s “Frozen” for the top slot.
“Frozen” led the way on New Year’s Day Wednesday with $8.7 million for a six-week total of $271.9 million, followed by “Smaug” with $7.8 million for $209.3 million in 20 days.
“The Marked Ones,” an offshoot of the franchise with new characters, will start showings at 10 p.m. Thursday in about 2,000 locations. The film’s budget is $5 million and producers are low-budget specialists Jason Blum and Oren Peli with Christopher Landon writing and directing.
Revolving around two Hispanic teenagers from Oxnard, Calif. (Andrew Jacobs and »
- Dave McNary
Please stop finding footage of idiots encountering demonic entities. Burn it, hide it, recycle it or relabel it 'SuBo Sex Tape'. Anything to prevent it from reaching the public, like this lazily cobbled together offshoot of the Paranormal Activity movies. This horror subgenre has numbed enough brains, with its limited format looking increasingly stale and the shaking camerawork threatening nothing more than motion sickness.
Marketed as a 'cousin' rather than direct sequel to the mostly impressive franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones revolves around the harebrained sleuthing of Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) and Hector (Jorge Diaz), two Latino youngsters who recklessly probe a murder in a nearby apartment.
Before long, Jesse's increasingly volatile behaviour suggests that he may well be possessed. Or perhaps turned insane by his pal Hector's pathological insistence on »
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