Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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October 22nd, 2012

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

-- Proving that audiences are in a Halloween mood, “Paranormal Activity 4” took top honors at the box office during the weekend of Friday, October 19th. The movie earned $30,200,000. When a strange young woman moves in next door, a quiet suburban family starts experiencing unsettling occurrences that defy explanation. It does not take long for them to realize that they are in danger. The eerie film has an R rating for violence, terror, and language.

“Alex Cross” brought in $11,750,000 during its first weekend in theaters. Based on the popular series by author James Patterson, the crime thriller follows Cross, a devoted detective and true family man. While dealing with an enigmatic criminal, Cross unexpectedly experiences a devastating loss. Now that the case is personal, Cross redoubles his efforts to bring the heartless killer to justice. The film’s PG-13 rating is due to nudity, mature content, disturbing images, violence, drug references, and language.

Continuing Films

“Argo” earned $16,625,000 this weekend, bringing total profits to over $43 million. The film stars Ben Affleck, who also serves as director. During a hostage crisis, an inventive team must come up with a daring plan to rescue six Americans who are hiding out in Iran. The solution is to pose as a film crew for a sci-fi flick. “Argo” is rated R for language and violent images.

“Hotel Transylvania” continued to put in a steady performance at the box office, adding over $13 million to its current total of more than $119 million. Jonathan is a clueless hiker, exploring the mountains of Europe. When he stumbles into a resort filled with iconic monsters, Jonathan is more excited than scared, especially after he meets the beautiful Mavis. The problem is, Mavis is actually Dracula’s daughter, and her father is not very welcoming. The family-friendly flick has a PG rating for rude humor, scary images, and action sequences.

“Taken 2” brought in $13,400,000, with an overall total of more than $105 million. After making ruthless decisions while saving his daughter from kidnappers, retired CIA agent Bryan Mills has some very dangerous enemies. Bryan hopes to enjoy a relaxing trip to Istanbul, but his nemeses see the perfect time to strike, and soon Bryan is fighting once again. This time, his own life and freedom are at stake. The PG-13 rating is for brief sensuality and intense sequences of violence and action.

“Here Comes the Boom” earned $8,500,000 during its second week in theaters, with overall earnings of over $23 million. A bored and unfulfilled high school teacher becomes an unlikely hero. After getting involved with mixed martial arts, the teacher realizes that taking part in competitions could help him earn enough funds to save his school. The only question is whether he is tough enough to stick it out. The film’s PG rating is due to sports violence, language, and rude humor.

“Sinister” made $9,030,000 in box office profits. Ellison, a struggling crime writer, moves into a house with an ominous track record. He hopes to find some inspiration for his latest book, but instead, he ends up trapped in a parent’s worst nightmare. Something evil haunts the house, and now it is coming after Ellison’s children. Total earnings now equal more than $31 million. “Sinister” has an R rating for violence and terror.

Movies to DVD

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” arrives out on Blu-Ray and DVD on Tuesday, October 23rd. In this inventive reimagining of the former president’s life, Abraham Lincoln is an American hero for an entirely unexpected reason. Not just a strong and noble leader, he is also a ruthless vampire killer, ready to eradicate a supernatural threat. The R rating is because of mature content and pervasive violence.

“Magic Mike” stars Channing Tatum as a veteran stripper with a real talent for show business. He generously offers to take a newcomer under his wings, teaching the younger man about the dangers and perks of the stripping world. “Magic Mike” has an R rating for nudity, mature content, language, and drug use.

“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” tells the story of Dodge, an ordinary guy whose life takes a surprising turn when he learns that the world will soon be ending. Abandoned by his wife and unsure of what the future will bring, Dodge decides that this is the perfect time to reconnect with his first love. The quirky comedy’s R rating is due to language, including mature references.

“Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection” is the latest installment in the “Madea” series, available on DVD on October 23rd. After a Ponzi scheme falls through and attracts dangerous attention, the man responsible has to take his family and seek shelter with an unconventional host family. The movie has a PG-13 rating for crude humor.