Paramount Pictures will continue its scary fall tradition with the release of “Paranormal Activity 3,” the third installment of one of the most profitable film franchises of all-time. The original film released in September 2009 caused a sensation when the micro-budgeted film came seemingly out of nowhere and wound up earning nearly $108 million in total domestic revenue. During the same weekend last year, “Paranormal Activity 2” scared a whopping $40.7 million out of audiences in its debut weekend and this third installment should lead the weekend with around $35 million.
Another newcomer should take the second spot as Summit Entertainment’s “The Three Musketeers” in 3-D should slash its way to a $15 million debut. The latest in a long line of big screen adaptations of the Alexandre Dumas classic, this PG-13 version stars Milla Jovavich and Matthew Macfadyen and should appeal to those looking for a bit of old school swashbuckling action at the multi-plex.
The reigning two week champ, “Real Steel” from Disney will likely drop to third place in its third weekend of release with around $10 million against a 40% drop and a total domestic take of close to $65 million by Sunday night. Hugh Jackman stars in this story of an underdog robot boxing champ that goes back into the ring for a shot at redemption.
Paramount’s “Footloose” dances into its second weekend after a second place debut last weekend and with solid numbers that have placed among the top earners in the mid-week contest. This re-make of the 1984 blockbuster should take fourth place with around $8 million and will finish out the weekend with around $25 million in total revenue.
“Johnny English Reborn” starring British sensation Rowan Atkinson as a bungling secret agent is the sequel to the 2003 spy comedy “Johnny English” and is expected to take fifth place with around $7 million. This will put it in a battle with Sony’s George Clooney political drama “The Ides of March” which enters its third weekend in theaters with a very viable shot at a top five finish.