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Paranormal Activity Spooks Its Way To #1

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Paranormal Activity is continuing to frighten audiences!

The low-budget thriller pulled in $22 mil over the weekend, rounding the flick's total earnings to close to $67 million!!!

In other horror movie news, the latest installment in the Saw series, Saw VI debuted at number two for the weekend, earning an embarrassing $14.8 million for Lionsgate.

This is a first for the horror franchise, which has managed to take the top spot at the box office for the last four installments of the Saw movies!

Big budget doesn't always equal big success!

Although we bet we'll be seeing a zillion Paranormal Activity rip-offs in the coming months, just like what happened when The Blair Witch Project performed well above studio expectations over a decade ago!

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98 comments to “Paranormal Activity Spooks Its Way To #1”

  1. 1

    I saw this movie and well i don't think it scared me one bit! it was almost as bad as Halloween 2 rob zombies movie…u expect more and then u go and it ends up not being what you thought…this is good for scaring 12 years olds, rent it instead!

  2. 2

    I saw that movie. I didn't sleep alone for a whole 2 weeks :|

  3. 3

    I have not seen a movie that has scared me so much, since the Exorcist. I watch a lot of horror movies, and most of them are stupid,gross, or boring. This movie scared the crap out of me. I was not able to sleep for over a week after seeing it. I had to take sleeping pills just so that I could sleep. This movie still disturbs me.

  4. 4

    It's ironic that this is the first time Saw that hasn't been number one for the last four installments, because this one was probably the best since the first one.

  5. 5

    Is this movie really THAT scary?? I didn't think anything could top "The Exorcist" so I'd love to hear some actual reviews by moviegoers. Thanks!

  6. 6

    Too scarey! I think I will wait.

  7. 7

    I didn't think it was scary.

  8. 8

    seriously it wasn't that scarey. It's more freaky than scary and i still think the texas chainsaw massacre is the scariest movier ever.

  9. Laury says – reply to this


    Well, that's a movie I won't be seeing. I hate movies that scare me. I don't know why so many people like scary movies. Being scared is not fun at all to me.

  10. 10

    Saw 6 was horrible. Should've saw Paramormal Activity.

  11. 11

    this movie was horrible. waste of 90 minutes. it forever to get going..then ended way to quick. super cheesy too.

  12. 12

    um once again ur wrong, saw v opened at number 2 behind high school musical 3 last year, also not that disappointing considering the budget was only 11 million

  13. 13

    I watched it and I am a pretty big fan of scary movies but this movie wasn't scary. Yeah, it was a little creepy but it WAS NoT terrifying. I slept good after watching this movie w/no nightmares! It was literally not Scary at all… it was just a crazy movie.

  14. 14

    anna nicole smith had sex with a ghost

  15. 15

    Same cr*p as Blair Witch, suspenseful but NOT SCARY in any way shape or form.

  16. kaylo says – reply to this


    The reason why people preferred 'Paranormal' was because it wasn't gory. Those 'Saw' movies are nasty and not scary. I loved Paranormal Activity.

  17. 17

    this movie is not scary, per se, but its more freaky.
    it plays with your mind and feeds fear to a part of you.
    it takes the vulnerability of sleeps and amps it up

  18. 18

    The same thing was said about The Blaire Witch Project and that movie was a boring piece of crap and not one bit scary.

  19. 19

    this is the scariest movie of all time! yes scarier than the exorcist! when i went to go see it people were running out of the theatre and my friend cried cuz of the movie and other girls cried too even guys! it's the scariest movie ever i saw it two weeks ago and i'm still freaked!

  20. 20

    I love horror films, but this one SCARED THE SHIT out of me! I didn't sleep at all afterwards. I'm too scared to watch the alternate ending on youtube too!

  21. missB says – reply to this


    How is that possible? That movie was so uneventful. Only scary part was in the last 2 minutes or so.

  22. 22

    You Dumb Fuck….Saw VI was made for a little over 10 million. Nothing Embarrassing about pulling in 14 million in it's first weekend. Give it a few more weeks in theaters and more profit coming in, and we'll be talking about their next film coming out Oct 2010. Looking at their franchise, there's nothing embarrassing on what they've achieved.

  23. 23

    this flick was REALLY BAAAD. not scary, cheesy, and you're annoyed at the actors the whole time. seriously, i don't even know how it got to the theaters, it should be on Lifetime.

  24. 24

    This movie was really disturbing…I had major goosebumps. I prefer this kind of freaky movie opposed to blood and gore. This was truly freaky ass!!!

  25. 25

    So yeah I went and saw it yesterday and it did not scare me at all…it was a little freaky but I was disappointed!

  26. 26

    This movie was crap with lousy actors and the only thing that was some what interesting was when the demon dragged her ass down the stairs…mind you it's an invisible demon. My opnion crapy crapy crapy I slept just fine.

  27. 27

    Paranormal Activity was not scary at all! Watch the trailer and you'll see every scary part, the rest of the hour and a half is just the characters bitching about one thing or another.

  28. 28

    It was a fictitious movie, it says it at the end of the credits. All fake.

  29. 29

    give saw some time, i bet it's better than this dumb shit was! i love the saw series. paranormal activity will only be popular and talked about for a few months, unlike saw which has still be consider popular over the years.

  30. 30

    that movie wasnt scary , at all !

  31. 31

    i dont think Saw has ever been big budget…

  32. 32

    alright, so, i saw paranormal activity on opening night, it wasn't that scary at all. im a teenage girl, i didn't have nightmares or anything close. grow up, it really wasn't scary.

  33. 33

    okay so i saw this movie and it wasnt scary one bit.
    you could tell it was a low bargin basement movie.
    i laughed through out the whole thing.
    it makes a great comedy but no freaking way should it be a horror flick.

  34. 34

    Saw it yesterday - good thing my ticket was free, cause I would have felt jipped! It may be a good movie for when you're home alone and in the dark, but it totally lost the scare in the theater. P.S. sucky ending!

  35. 35

    ur the mbarrasment perez

  36. 36

    i saw paranormal activity the other night and honestly thought it sucked. i dont understand all the hype about this movie. not once was i scared, not once did i jump. if anything i thought this movie was laughable. i dont get how people can say they lost sleep over this…it was so fake. the whole "based on a true story" is bullshit. its based on an idea a writer got after moving into his first house with his girlfriend. the house hadnt settled yet and a night they heard creaks in the floorboards and walls. look it up on wikipedia. i dont know, i was just disappointed. im a big horror fan and this just didnt do it for me. at all.

  37. 37

    dude, that movie was the shit! it scared the fuck out of me… had trouble sleeping and screamed a few times during the movie. I totally rank this up there with the Blair Witch Project and The Exorcist. actually, I think Paranormal Activity was better than both! definitely deserves its number one spot!!!

  38. 38

    i liked this movie.

  39. 39

    this movie wasnt scary

  40. 40

    i didnt think this was scary nor did i find the exorcist scary.. for those who did thats pretty sad..

  41. 41

    Ok here is the truth about Paranormal Activity. If you are DESENTICIZED and have watched a whole bunch of horror movies then this movie won't scare you that much. It may give you the creeps but that's all. However, if you have never or hardly watch scary movies then this will scare you because you are not use to this. I think this is why we are getting mixed reviews on this movie. I personally found it creepy and I everytime I heard a creak in my room at night I freaked out. People say its boring but the story builds up. Its not a BOOM scare BOOM scare every ten minutes kind of movie. If thats what you are looking for then skip and rent it when it comes on DVD. Its an old fashioned haunted house kind of movie. Hope that helps!

  42. 42

    I watched this movie a few weeks ago and I still can't sleep..I woke up last night a bunch of times cuz i kept thinking i heard something, and I still refuse to put my leg in that position the girl's leg was in when she got dragged off the bed.. AND im in my dormroom alone cuz i have no roommate. AND our campus is supposedly built over an old exhumed cemetary.. GOOD TIMES!!

  43. 43

    The only scary thing about this movie was paying $9 to have to sit through it —

  44. 44

    My husband and i went to go see this movie and we didn't think it was scary at all!!!…it was a great disapointment because we were expecting more and that "something more" never came….just wait to rent it..not worth theater money at all…..

  45. 45

    I saw the movie & it was so stupid! What are people on?! THIS is supposed to be the scariest movie? There was like literally one freaky part but thats about it.

  46. 46

    Lest scary movie ever… first time I have heard a theatre break into laughter during a "horror film" If you want to pay money to watch doors close it is for you.

  47. 47

    Paranormal Activity was NOT scary. It was SOOOOO LAME! Im so pissed its doing so well, and that this country is full of morons who actually THINK it was a REAL documentary.

    It was dumb. If you havent seen it, go rent the Blair Witch Project, because its the SAME lame concept.

  48. 48

    ps- if you want to save money, you can make the movie yourself. Have a friend slam doors, stomp around a bit, grown, turn the lights on and off, and you have Paranormal Activity. THE END.

  49. 49

    This movie was BORING

  50. 50

    This movie SUCKED! I laughed through 1/4 of and spent the rest of the time praying TO GOD that they'd leave the camera on the tripod.

    Stupid movie. I've seen scarier shit in real life.

  51. 51

    The movie was not the least bit scary, what a waste of time and money. If you have to see it, wait for the DVD and rent it.

  52. 52

    the only thing brilliant about this movie is it's marketing plan… to have people DEMAND it shows in their area… to make it seem inaccessible and then ALLOW the people to see it…. very clever.

  53. 53

    I saw the movie and I honestly didn't think that it was scary at all.

  54. 54

    Re: JenBunny – This movie was not scary! it was more annoying & boring! The girl would not stop bitching. Yeah, people probably ran out because the movie was sooo boring! Give me a break, it was all hype. I've seen scarier things on the news.

  55. 55

    We saw it last week - both my husband and I hated it. The dumbass redneck behind us laughed all the way through it, and I thought it was horrible. My heart rate went up maybe twice, but that was it.

  56. 56

    Can you imagine the response from people if movies like Saw came out in the 80's? Stick any installment of Saw against F13th or NMOES, and at it's worst (Saw V), it's still stronger.

    I really wanted to like Paranormal Activity, but it didn't bring anything new to the table at all. The "haunting" activity was by-the-books, generic, and old. I'm sure demons have better things to do than open/close doors, stomp around, and turn tv's on & off.

    The only good thing about the movie that was somewhat creepy, the original ending, got scrapped in favor of the theatrical ending. The original ending was actually somewhat unnerving - hearing what was going on downstairs without being able to see it.

    I get that the movie is trying to reach beyond the screen and be more pervasive, I don't need you to throw Micah at the screen and have a possessed Katie pop up in front of the camera to prove that. Steven Speilberg should STFU.

  57. 57

    this movie was so not scary! what's with all the hype? i don't get it.

  58. 58

    hahaha my friends wanted to see it so i pretended that my mom called me and wanted me home right away… :P haha tooo scary for me

  59. 59

    Re: CassieGirl21 – i agree. saw 6 was more gorey than all the rest, i had to like catch my breath at the end. definitely worth my 17$ ticket. (watched it in extreme sound movie theatre)

  60. 60

    Re: JenBunny – Lmfao! Shut the fuck up. If anyone cries during this movie you need a reality check. This was not scary at all. The only thing that is scary is how big a deal everyone is making of this film.

  61. 61

    It looks like it was a clone of Blair Witch…which scared the shit out of me. So Ill be passing on this one…thank you

  62. 62

    ALLLL HYPE. NOT SCARY at all. I actually laughed a few times watching because of how CHEEEEEEEZZZZYYY it is… and the actors are horrible. (I think that's what amped up the cheese factor for me!) It was like watching a damned Lifetime version of a scary movie. Bad dialogue, plotline for shit, bad actors.

    Obviously a big chunk of their budget had to have gone into promo for this piece of crap.

    Seriously besides a few moments in the film, it was just like watching one of the paranormal shows. But less fun since it takes an hour and then some before it starts to get "good"…. what a waste of money this shit was!!

    I can't believe people actually think this movie was scary… you will feel like fools for ever thinking so when this hype is over. Blah!

  63. 63

    Re: tara s – god that would be scary

  64. 64

    The film spent too much time with the characters arguing. By the time the so called suspensful stuff came on I was half asleep.

  65. 65

    I totally bought into the hype of Paranormal Activity and was SO disappointed! The movie isn't that great, nor scary. The ending is so far-fetched and unbelievable- they took it too far. And people were screaming in the movie like fucking retards. Waste of time, watch A Haunting on Discovery Channel instead.

  66. 66

    Re: xoxo_anonymous – Totally agree!!!

  67. 67

    Re: Betch84 – hahahahaha. I agree! I was SO annoyed people were acting like that stupid shit was real!

  68. 68

    THIS MOVIE WAS RETARDED.. SOOOOOOOOOOO BORING.. who said this was scary? a 5 year old?

  69. 69

    I love my horrors, but this one honestly really scared the crap outta me!!! I do believe in that kinda stuff which makes is more terrifying, but if you don't i think you'd just find it funny tbh.. lol

  70. Dawo says – reply to this


    Yeah saw that movie online,its a Good one :) schocker

  71. 71

    Re: vancouvergrrl – I was thinking the same thing!

  72. 72

    well i enjoyed this movie, prob cause my type of horror is aliens, ghosts and demons where others get scared from gore and murderers thats why i didn't find any of the saw movies except the first one interesting! people need to accept that other people have different personalities which means they have different likes and dislikes in movies! doesn't make anyone stupid if they liked this movie or didn't like it so stfu. .. the only thing this movie should have done was keep the original ending!!! i seen it with the original ending first and liked it 100% more! the new ending is pointless and stupid, anyway check this movie out to make up your own opinion

  73. 73

    lRe: LisaRose – …not that scary…at least i was not impressed my husband thought it was super scary….for me NOTHING will ever top the exorcist!

  74. 74

    What a horrible movie! I was so excited to see it and actually be scared. But after sitting through an hour of nonsense talking about being scared in there house, and almost throwing up from such horrible camera operation. i realized it was all hype. I read that people were walking out of the theater they were so scared. People walked out of the theater when i was there but because they were bord and demanded there money back! horrible film!

  75. 75

    never heard of the movie lol

  76. 76

    This movie is just like Blair Witch… all hype, bad acting, and terrible camera work. Anyone who says it was scarier than the Exorcist… You must not have SEEN the Exorcist. Paranormal Activity was the biggest waste of 90 minutes in my life. Chock full of cliches, and even my eight year old wasn't scared.

  77. 77

    The movie is predictable at times but it gets scary at parts and you often wonder if that could happen to you especially at night when all of the lights in your house are off.

  78. 78

    i SAW IT AND IT SUCKED!! zombieland was a much better movie!!

  79. 79

    This movie was so bad that me and my friend were laughing through most of it. The actors sucked major donkey dick specially the main chic. Her emotions were fake to me that i could not get scared with her. It took till the last 5 mintues of the movie for me to actually get a little spooked and for a "scary" movie i need to be pretty much at the edge of my seat during the whole thing. This was pure utter crap. I'm so mad I fell for the hype and wasted my time waiting in a humungo line just to see some movie i could have made. Terrible Terrible Terrible

  80. 80

    I thought this was scary - because I thought this was based on true events, until I read up on it later and realised it wasn't…..Good effort though!

  81. Bren says – reply to this


    I watched this movie on line free and so glad I did, (see it for free). I heard so much about it and expected it to be really scary and good. It was neither. I was very disappointed. I'm glad I didn't pay to go see it, I would have been pissed. Maybe it was better on the big screen.

  82. 82

    Hollywierd never gets it, people are sick of same old same old. Stop wasting millions on names actors/actress's. We are sick of seeing the same face in every movie.

  83. 83

    Saw it over the weekend, and I guess if you are a 14 year old girl it would be the scariest movie ever - otherwise super lame, but amusing. Spent more time laughing than anything else

  84. 84

    anyone who was scared of this is a fool but if you did get motion sick i feel for ya cuz the camera was no go!

  85. 85

    Re: LisaRose – no its not it like blair witch.

  86. 86

    I havent seen this movie yet, i want to LOL, But the SAW movies need to stop at some point..its too much chill out for a while make something else!! does anyone have new movie ideas anymore?!?!?!

  87. 87

    Yeah, this movie SUCKS. I understand the hype but how are all the critics fooled also? Just NOT scary.

  88. 88

    A marketing gimmick is when they promote the hell out of something and insist it "scares" you, guaranteed it is BS. Who knows what those people in the commercial are looking at…two girls one cup probably!!!

  89. 89

    as much as i hate scary movies and usually cry when i see them, i kinda want to see this one b/c everyone keeps raving about it. guess i'm a masochist!

  90. 90

    not scary at all so boring i fell asleep seriously dont know why everyone i making a big deal about it

  91. 91

    ooooh i REALLY wanna see this one

  92. 92

    I saw it this weekend, and all i can say is they needt ogive the marketing people a bonus, cuz the movie blew… like super hard! It wasn't scary, the story line was slow as hell, and the only thing that kept me awake was the people laughing around me…. The main guy was kinda hot tho..

  93. 93

    It takes a lot to scare me in a movie… saw movies don't scare me…. exorcist got my heart pumping a bit. But this movie, TERRIFIED me. I don't know what it was, maybe the actors improvising the whole time or the non-hollywood-like atmosphere and the fact that you don't actually see the monster. Completely well done.

    I can see you not being scared if people around you were rude, but truly a well-made movie.

  94. 94


  95. 95

    Over rated. Maybe one real scary scene. I get more scared watching Jon and Kate.

  96. 96

    I saw it n it was great it was bout time I saw a scary movie again al the rest that have come out have been boring 2 much talking. This was one was good. I couldn't sleep comfertably lol. Defenitly see it.

  97. ap076 says – reply to this


    I don't remember a Blair Witch series of copycats if someone does do tell. I do remember one piece of shit sequel. It seems like any movie that takes out full page ads on the site does shit for box office. Those advertisers may want to think how they spend their money.

  98. 98

    the movie wasn't necessarily "scary" like most people would think-DEFINITELY creepy as hell and suspenseful. MUCH MUCH better than the Blair Witch Project, BTW.

    As far as Saw goes, I am OVER IT. Bleh.