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'SAW 3-D' sets nasty trap for 'Paranormal Activity' during Halloween Box Office Weekend

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Two horror titans battle it out for the Halloween box office crown this weekend.Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Well there were plenty of treats (and tricks) for horror film fans who braved to venture to the cinemas for their gore filled fix this weekend. The dwindling horror franchise Saw attempted to regain some of its dignity with a 3-D film, and allegedly the last in the entire series. That gimmick paid off, as Saw 3-D splattered over $26 million across the chart, landing in first place.

That said, the film benefited largely from the inflated ticket price of third dimension. In the end, however, that is still an above average opening, and the cheapie scare fest, Paranormal Activity 2, fell hard (over 60%), only managing 16.5 million in its second week.

The rest of the top ten provided fairly un-shocking numbers, with the exception of Jackass 3-D, which accumulated $8.43 million, crossing the $100 million dollar mark! Very scary stuff there.

Red managed to hang in the Top 5 at number three, shooting up another 10.8 million to bring the film’s standing total to $58.9 million.

 Clint Eastwood’s supernatural weepie Hereafter continued to do moderate business, accumulating $6.25 million. That film has grossed $22.2 million, which is fair, but the poor reviews and word of mouth  are likely to prevent the film from attaining any kind of crossover or awards recognition.

Rounding out the Top 10 is the indie drama Conviction, which managed to break into the big leagues with $1.82 million.

So with Halloween over, the multiplexes will start to raise the mass appeal factor for the upcoming holiday season with the big comedy Due Date, from the director of The Hangover, as well as the animated film Megamind. There’s also For Colored Girls, notorious filmmaker Tyler Perry’s take on the award-winning play, will hit the screens. Will it be this year’s Precious? Tune in next week to find out.

Contact Jim Teti at jteti@philly2philly.com

Photo: Lionsgate