The approach of Hurricane Sandy could definitely be felt at the box office this weekend as the East coast of the United States turned its attention to boarding up windows as opposed to buying overpriced popcorn.
In its third week of release, Argo finally scored the top spot, but with a very soft $12.3 million. Not to say that isn’t great for a third week, but it’s the second lowest amount for a number one this year. Its domestic total not stands as $60.7 million off of a $44.5 million budget.
Hotel Transylvania doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon as it brought in in another $9.5 million in its fifth week, and actually saw its theater count climb for the weekend prior to Halloween. The kid friendly monster movie has now brought in $130.4 million in the U.S.
Third place saw the first new entry of the week with Tom Hanks’ new Cloud Atlas. The movie has not done well with critics, audience reaction has been soft and the ad campaign was downright confusing. All of this resulted in a $9.4 million opening for a $100 million budget film. Not good.
Paranormal Activity 4 slipped from first to fourth to bring in another $8.6 million, bringing its domestic total to $42.6 million off of a $5 million budget. Don’t be surprised at all to see a fifth installment coming in the future.
Rounding out the top five there was a tie with Taken 2 taking another $8 million. Considering how the critics ravaged this movie, a $117.3 million result thus far off of a $45 million budget is nothing to sneeze at. Sharing the spot was Silent Hill: Revelation, but this is sure to shake out when the actuals come out.
Other new releases saw Fun Size open in number 10 spot with $4 million, and Chasing Mavericks was in 12th with $2.2 million.
Next week’s big releases are Flight, The Man with the Iron Fists and Disney’s newest, Wreck-It Ralph.