Puss, Paranormal and Rum: Hollywood.com Box Office Preview

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  • Paranormal Activity 3” surprised everyone last weekend with its monstrous $52.57 million debut and is likely to scare up another $18 million to $20 million this weekend as audiences, in the mood for some appropriately scary Halloween entertainment, line up in big numbers for the profitable fright fest.

    I third place Fox’s sci-fi thriller “In Time” starring newly minted movie star Justin Timberlake should grab a low teen debut. Set in a retro-future where people can pay to stop aging when they reach 25 years old, the film shows the inevitably unpleasant consequences of what happens when such an unnatural yet irresistible option is made available to the populace.

  • With a likely $9 million to $12 million in fourth will be a very inebriated Johnny Depp as Journalist Paul Kemp in Film District’s big screen adaptation of Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s novel “The Rum Diary.” The novel written in 1961 but not published until 1998 was shepherded to the big screen by Depp who previously appeared in another Thompson screen adaptation, 1998’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

  • Fifth place will be held by Paramount’s “Footloose” in its third weekend with a gross in the $7 million range after solid mid-week numbers and thus round out the Top 5 at the box office.

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