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October 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 2 scared up an astounding $41.5 million at the box office over the weekend, according to the studio’s estimates, far exceeding analysts’ predictions and setting a weekend record for a horror film. The previous record was held by last year’s relaunch of the Friday the 13th franchise, which earned $40.5 million. That movie went on to earn $65 million domestically. Coming in second was Paramount’s Jackass 3D, which, as expected, dropped nearly 60 percent to wind up with an estimated $21.6 million. Slipping into third place was Summit Entertainment’s RED, which dropped just 30 percent in its third weekend with $15 million. Moving into wide release after opening in six theaters last week, Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter came in fourth with about $12 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo: 1. Paranormal Activity 2, $41.5 million; 2. Jackass 3D, $21.6 million; 3. RED, $15 million; 4. Hereafter, $12 million; 5. The Social Network, $7.3 million; 6. Secretariat, $6.9 million; 7. Life as We Know It, $6.2 million; 8. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, $3.2 million; 9. The Town, $2.7 million; 10. Easy A, $1.8 million.

Final figures for the top five movies:
1. Paranormal Activity 2, $40,678,424
2. Jackass 3D, $21,313,815
3. RED, $15,034,916
4. Hereafter, $12,018,147
5. The Social Network, $7,276,972