The Paranormal/Saw horror combo left the weekend's other newcomers floundering. Summit's Astro Boy didn't have the marketing muscle it needed, while Amelia was hurt by bad reviews and a lack of studio enthusiasm. But the weekend's real disappointment is Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, an obvious attempt by Universal to kick-start a new kiddie fantasy franchise, and a far, far bigger (albeit cheaper) fizzle than The Golden Compass. The Weitz brothers should no longer be permitted to work in this genre.
Where the Wild Things Are took a honking 55% hit in its second weekend, a victim of being an art film in mainstream guise. Law Abiding Citizen fared a little better -- it's now Overture's highest-grossing film.
The full top 11 after the jump.
1 - Paranormal Activity (Paramount) - $22.00 ($11,311) - $62.48
2 - Saw VI (Lionsgate) - $14.80 ($4,875) - $14.80
3 - Where the Wild Things Are (Warner Bros.) - $14.42 ($3,861) - $53,96
4 - Law Abiding Citizen (Overture) - $12.71 ($4,399) - $40.32
5 - Couples Retreat (Universal) - $11.10 ($3,610) - $78.21
6 - Astro Boy (Summit) - $7.02 ($2,328) - $7.02
7 - The Stepfather (Screen Gems) - $6.50 ($2,377) - $20.35
8 - Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (Universal) - $6.35 ($2,305) - $6.35
9 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony) - $5.60 ($2,043) - $115.20
10 - Zombieland (Sony) - $4.30 ($1,757) - $67.31
11 - Amelia (Fox Searchlight) - $4.03 ($4,921) - $4.03
Next week: We'll see if the manufactured ticket-pre-sale hysteria surrounding Michael Jackson's This is It amounted to anything. Also, if his corpse is still warm.