WILD THINGS’ rumpus wins over CITIZENs, the PARANORMAL, and STEPFATHERs

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
October 18th, 2009

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Congratulations, America, you have pleased me. After last weekend's box office of shame, I feel redeemed.

Spike Jonze's WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE rightly took the top spot, making over $32 million in its opening weekend. While there has been a bit of a raging debate between critics since the WILD THINGS first started screening, the public still picked it as its first choice this weekend. I am, however, interested to see how it fares next weekend, as word spreads that this film is, well, not quite for the kids. With ASTRO BOY opening next weekend, I suspect the kid contingent will no longer be hanging out with Max, but kids of other ages might be.

The week's other full new releases had a decidedly mixed showing at the box office. LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, despite being critically panned, took the second place with over $21 million. As the only action/thriller in the top twenty (I refuse to count you, G.I. JOE), it's no surprise audiences wanted to see Gerard Butler wielding some guns. Horror flick, THE STEPFATHER, came in at only fifth place with $12.3 million.

The big story of the weekend, however, has to go to indie sensation PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. After only four weeks in theaters, a grassroots publicity campaign, and new release locations being added seemingly every day, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY took the third spot in this week's box office, pulling in over $20 million. Indie film is not dead.

Check out the full weekend chart at Box Office Mojo to see more.

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