New Films Run ‘Wild’ at the Box Office

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It was a big weekend for newly opening films. Three films made over $20 million dollars, two of them were new releases and the third was one that got a major expansion. The surrealistic children’s film Where the Wild Things Are finished the weekend at number one with an impressive $32.5 million dollar haul. This is pretty big for an October release, and a good showing for one of the most anticipated films of the year.

Law Abiding Citizen came in at number 2, despite bad reviews and not much word of mouth (at least not that I have heard). However, the star power combination of Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler was enough to bring in that young male demographic.

Paranormal Activity had its biggest weekend yet after adding another 600 screens and bringing its total to 760. It also crushed the competition in per theatre average as it brought in about $27,000 per screen. Also, with a high per theatre average this week was the Coen Brother’s A Serious Man, which made nearly a million dollars this week. Don’t expect that film to ever break the top ten, but certainly it will continue to increase its haul as it gets more screens.

Here are this week’s Box Office estimates from Box Office Mojo (after the jump):

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Look for Astro Boy to try to take over the number one spot from Where the Wild Things Are next weekend.

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