Swords, Spies and Demons: Hollywood.com Weekend Preview
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.