'Paranormal Activity' sequel scares up the top spot worldwide

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Paranormal Activity 2 took hold of the number one spot internationally with $22.1 million at the box office this weekend in only 21 countries, slipping
Despicable Me into second place.

The documentary-styled Paranormal Activity 2 was the number one film opening in the UK, Australia, Mexico and Russia. This weekend's big winner in the US, where the haunted house film earned $41.5 million, Paranormal Activity 2 is the bestranking debut for a horror film, taking the title from last year's Friday the 13th.

This first weekend's box office take was more than the original film made in its first four weeks. Defying expectations, the sequel will exceed the phenomenal success of the first Paranormal Activity, a micro-budget sleeper film, which went on to make more than $85.4 million internationally last year, per Box Office Mojo.

"The company is certainly going to take a look at making a third [ Paranormal Activity] but will be exceedingly careful in how to go about it," said Don Harris of Paramount Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The second installment of this horror franchise rolls out over the coming weeks in 30 more countries.

Number two on the weekend was last week's top film, the animated 3D family film Despicable Me featuring the voice of Steve Carell ( Date Night), which has made $198.1 million outside the US. It opened in first place in a few countries including Portugal and the Czech Republic. It will be released in Japan and Belgium this coming weekend.

Number three this weekend is The Social Network, director David Fincher's film about the founding of Facebook, opening at number one in Sweden, Norway and the Ukraine.

In fourth place, Les Petits Mouchoirs ( Little White Lies) took the weekend's number four spot overall and the first spot among films opening in France. Called the French version of the 1983 classic The Big Chill, it co-stars Marion Cotillard and Francois Cluzet.

Number five was Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to director Oliver Stone's 1987 film also starring Michael Douglas as financier Gordon Gekko.

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