He Didn't Stop 'Til We Got Enough

By William Goss | Box Office Round-Ups | November 1, 2009 |

Strictly in domestic terms, the film made $32.5 million -- pretty good for a film no one was meant to have seen, at least not before DVD, but certainly not the predicted record-smasher (though it does look to lay claim to some concert film and documentary-minded superlatives in the end). Even though the allegedly limited demand caused by a two-week run didn't blow the doors off, Sony still insists on (surprise) leaving the film in theaters through Thanksgiving, before getting a home video release on shelves by year's end. (I suppose that's why the song was called "Man in the Mirror" and not "Man in the Ever-Shrinking Theater-to-Video Window" ... no? nothing?)

Second place went to the still-expanding Paranormal Activity, which dipped with the Halloween holiday taking butts out of seats, but still managed $16.5 million for a total of $84.8 million to date. Not too shabby, though Paramount's insistence that it's a more profitable release than The Blair Witch Project can't help but seem disingenuous at best (that $15,000 number was for the original budget, not for reshoots, not for promotional costs or prints or...). Still: not too shabby at all.

Third place was Law Abiding Citizen with $7.3 million, fourth was Couples Retreat with $6.1 million and fifth was Saw VI petering off with $5.6 million. Where the Wild Things Are came in at sixth ($5.1 million), The Stepfather landed in seventh ($3.4 million) and, depending on where you get your numbers, Astro Boy and Amelia claimed either eighth or ninth place with $3 million (not bad for the latter, considering they added 250 screens this weekend after opening to just $4 million in 11th place). Closing out the top ten was Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, with a meager $2.8 million. I guess when it comes to that prospective franchise, this was it.

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