Weekend Box Office: Oct. 21-23, 2011

1. Paranormal Activity 3 – $52,568,183

2. Real Steel – $10,824,512

3. Footloose (2011) – $10,351,207

4. The Three Musketeers (2011) – $8,674,452

5. The Ides of March – $4,853,051

6. Dolphin Tale – $4,217,260

7. Moneyball – $3,981,852

8. Johnny English Reborn – $3,833,300

9. The Thing (2011) – $3,069,875

10. 50/50 – $2,835,208

Paranormal Activity 3 without a doubt took the weekend, raping in $52.6 million dollars, which is higher than the second films $40.7 opening. PA3 is now the highest fall opening ever (Sept. and Oct.), topping Jackass 3-D from last year. I’m honestly surprised at how strong these numbers are. I knew it was going to make money, but not this much money! Wilson had the pleasure of reviewing the film. Check out his review here.

Real Steel follows in the number two spot with $10.8 million, a decent hold for a horrible movie.

Following in third is the dance remake Footloose (2011). Footloose dipped 34 percent to $10.3 million, which is a great hold for this particular type of flick. People like dance films in the fall, I guess.

The Three Musketeers (2011) came in all the way at number 4, bringing in an unimpressive $8.6 million dollars. Do I even want to ask how much the budget was? I’m guessing it wasn’t cheap. I think the marketing is really to blame here. I didn’t see that many interesting trailers for this one at the theater and I can’t really comment on the TV marketing. It looked like an all-around stinker and it was! Read my review here.

The Ides of March, Dolphin Tale and Moneyball are all hanging in there, bringing in strong holding numbers.

Johnny English Reborn barely registered with U.S. audiences, bringing in $3.8 million in the number 8 spot. These flicks tend to do really well overseas though, so don’t be surprised if we see more English!

The Thing (2011) dipped hard to the number 9 spot with $3 million. I think the only reason this one is doing any business is because Halloween is right around the corner. Expect it gone by next weekend.

50/50 rounds out the top ten with $2.8 million. I’m glad one of the year’s best films is still holding in there and fighting the good fight. See it before it’s gone!

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