October 21, 2012


Paranormal Activity 4 opened this weekend with $27 million overseas from 33 markets, on its way to an estimated $110 million total overseas and a weak $67 million total domestic (according to ShowbuzzDaily projections).  That would give PA4 a worldwide total of $177 million, tied with PA2 as the lowest in the still-very-profitable franchise.

Paranormal Activity Track (Par)  Critics Positive ($ millions)
Domestic Total Overseas Total Worldwide Total
Paranormal Activity 4 10.19.2012 R 28% 67-est. 110-est. 177-est.
Paranormal Activity 3 10.21.2011 R 68% 104.0 101.7 205.7
Paranormal Activity 2 10.22.2010 R 59% 84.7 92.8 177.5
Paranormal Activity 1 10.16.2009 R 82% 107.9 85.4 193.3

The biggest gainer overseas this past week was Taken 2 (up a great $42 million to $174 million overseas to date).  Eventually, the worldwide total for Taken 2 should end up around $350 million, up substantially from $227 million for Taken in January 2009.  Although the domestic total for Taken 2 is slightly lower ($145 million for Taken and a projected $133 million for Taken 2), the overseas gross has rocketed from $82 million for Taken to $174 million and counting for Taken 2 (probably $210 million overseas total eventually).

Hotel Transylvania and Ted also continue to do nice business overseas.

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.