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Box Office Breakdown: Paranormal Activity 4 Claims the Top Spot

Paranormal Activity 4

Horror films, to no one's suprise, continue to take in the most at the box office as we approach Halloween - the latest Paranormal Activity film is no exception.

Paranormal Activity 4 debuted at the top with a modest $30.2 million, which is still quite a profit for its $5 million budget, but nowhere near as impressive as its predecessors. Ben Affleck's sophomore film Argo held steady at number two this weekend with $16.6 million while Hotel Transylvania was bumped up a spot to number three with $13.5 million. Taken 2 took the biggest blow, dropping three spots to number four with $13.4 million. Alex Cross debuted at number five with $11.7 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: Argo, Sinister No Match for Taken 2

Liam Neeson in 'Taken 2'

Newcomers Argo and Sinister came close to the top of the box office, but they were ultimately no match for Taken 2, which maintained its number one position for the second consecutive week.

The Taken sequel took in $22.5 million at the box office while Ben Affleck's Argo followed close behind with $20.1 million. Sinister - a horror film starring Ethan Hawke - debuted at number three with $18.2 million while fourth place went to Hotel Transylvania, which earned $17.3 million. The Kevin James comedy Here Comes the Boom rounds out the top five with its debut at $12 million

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Box Office Breakdown: Taken 2 Shoots Down Competition

Taken 2

Despite Hotel Transylvania's slaying at last week's box office and the debut of Tim Burton's Frakenweenie, parents apparently left their kids at home this weekend to see Liam Neeson hunt down and kill some more kidnappers.

Taken 2 took in $50 million while Hotel Transylvania was bumped down one spot with $26.3 million. Pitch Perfect was added to over 2,000 theaters this weekend, allowing it to reach number three with $14.7 million, bumping Looper down two spots to number four with $12.2 million. Frankenweenie debuted at number five with $11.5 million.

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VIDEO: Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie Comes to Life… Again

Tim Burton brings one of his early short films, Frankenweenie, to life once more in his full-length remake of the same name.

The film centers on young Victor Frankenstien, who attempts and soon succeeds in bringing his animal companion—aptly named Sparky—to life, only to face some serious consequences (as anyone flirting with life and death always discovers).

Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, and Martin Landau star in the animated Disney film, due in theaters October 5, 2012.

 

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Burton To Direct Disney Films

Why does HE have such a hot wife? will direct a pair of 3-D films for Disney: and .

First, Burton will direct Alice, which will be filmed using a mixture of performance-capture imagery and live action footage, a la this weekends #1 film, . Next, Burton will helm Frankenweenie, based on his 1984 short film (of the same name) about a dog who gets run over by a car and is brought back to life by his owner. ’Weenie will be filmed using stop-motion animation and shown in digital 3-D.

The original Frankenweenie had an odd cast, which included Daniel Stern (as the owner), Shelley Duvall, and The Wonder Years’ Jason Hervey. No word if any of the actors will return for this version.

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