'Saw 3D' takes on 'Paranormal Activity' sequel
Thursday 28 October 2010
At the US box office this weekend,
Saw 3D is the only new film releasing for the Halloween weekend.
Paranormal Activity 2 is the film to beat. The sequel to last year's sleeper sensation enjoyed a blockbuster opening last weekend.
The seventh installment of Saw is expected to do well this year, since it is shot in 3D (not just converted), which should increase interest as well as ticket sales. Also, the horror film is promoted as the finale in the franchise. This is bound to improve on last October's underperformance with Saw VI only earning a total of $27.7 million in the US.
After the Paranormal Activity sequel made a whopping $40.7 million opening weekend, setting records for the horror film genre, it's likely to give Saw 3D some competition, even with a typical drop of 30 or more percent.
Other films playing this weekend include Clint Eastwood's supernatural story Hereafter, starring Matt Damon and Cécile de France. It made $14 million, most over last weekend when it released wide.
Also, the Swedish film The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, from the book series by Stieg Larsson, is opening in the US, and independent film Monsters, an alien invasion tale, also opens in select theaters.
The box office contest is Saw 3D vs. Paranormal Activity 2, with the edge going to the new release.
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