"Paranormal Activity 3" scared up absolutely unreal earnings in its premiere weekend, taking in more than $53 million at the North American box office, industry data showed Monday.
The reheated, low-budget fright formula flick was red hot, with $52.6 million dollars in ticket sales between Friday and Sunday, industry monitor Exhibitor Relations reported.
A remake of the hit 1980s dance romp "Footloose" slipped to third place, with a haul of $10.4 million.
A 3-D reimagination of Dumas' "Three Musketeers" was in fourth place with $8.7 million in its first weekend out, followed by political thriller "The Ides of March," starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, with $4.9 million at the box office.
"Dolphin Tale," a feel-good family film starring Morgan Freeman about a boy who helps a dolphin get a prosthetic tail, netted $4.2 million this weekend, in sixth place, and $64.4 million to date.
"Moneyball," a sports drama starring Brad Pitt as a baseball coach, was in the number seven spot, taking in $4 million, trailed by Rowan Atkinson-starring comedy "Johnny English Reborn" with $3.8 million in eighth.
Sci-fi horror flick "The Thing," a prelude to the 1980s film of the same name, took in $3.1 million for ninth place.
Source: AFP Global Edition