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Paranormal Activity1. "Paranormal Activity" ($22 million)
2. "Saw VI" ($14.8 million)
3. "Where The Wild Things Are" ($14.4 million)
4. "Law Abiding Citizen" ($12.7 million)
5. "Couples Retreat" ($11.1 million)

Aside from the Ghostbusters themselves, it's hard to imagine a force powerful enough to topple "Paranormal Activity," the independently financed and created horror film from director Oren Peli. Now with its largest theater count to date at 1,945, "Paranormal" has finally ascended to the top spot at the box office with a $22 million weekend finish. Read More...

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DESC1. "Paranormal Activity" ($7.6 million)
2. "Saw VI" ($7 million)
3. "Where The Wild Things Are" ($4.4 million)
4. "Law Abiding Citizen" ($4.1 million)
5. "Couples Retreat" ($3.7 million)

T'was the weekend before Halloween and all through Hollywood, not a feature was stirring — except for "Paranormal Activity," the slow-boiling low-budget horror flick that has shocked-and-awed both moviegoers and box office watch dogs. For the first time since its September release, "Paranormal" debuted in the number one spot with a $7.6 million intake on Friday, heralding a potential $21 million weekend according to Deadline Hollywood Daily's best projections. Read More...

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It's a strange week for new releases, primarily because the latest, sixth entry in the "Saw" franchise is hitting theaters a full week before Halloween. Traditionally, each new "Saw" hits on the Friday before the year's trick or treaters emerge. Following a trend set with last year's "Saw V," the new entry will have a week to breathe before the Halloween festivities begin. Expect lots more Jigsaw puzzling and gore-nography in "Saw VI," which joins newcomer director Kevin Greutert with writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who penned "Saw IV" onwards.

Also somewhat in the horror vein -- though more in the "hey, vampires are popular vein" -- this week is "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant," which I caught a few weeks ago and am sort of regarding as a male-oriented attempt to latch onto the "Twilight" phenomenon. I wasn't a huge fan of the movie, but it is adapted from the first book in a 12 volume series... so I guess we'll just have to see. Read More...

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Paul WeitzA few days ago, Universal Pictures announced a release date of July 30, 2010 for “Little Fockers,” the third movie in the Ben Stiller-Robert De Niro “Meet the Parents” comedy soon-to-be-trilogy. The only problem is, somebody forgot to tell the director.

“Oh really?” Paul Weitz marveled when we interviewed him after that news swept across the web. “I don’t know anything about that.”

All the “About a Boy” filmmaker knows is that he’s currently hard at work finishing “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” for its October 23rd release. He’s set to begin filming the Ben Stiller flick “in a couple months or something." But the announced July 2010 release? Read More...

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Paul WeitzChris Weitz and Paul Weitz are sibling filmmakers. They earned an Oscar nom for their collaborative writing and directing efforts on "About a Boy." Paul previously directed "American Pie," and he went on to write and direct "In Good Company" and "American Dreamz." Now he's doing a movie about vampires, "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant."

Chris helped his bro out on "American Pie," and then went on after "Boy" to direct "The Golden Compass." He's doing a movie now about vampires too. Perhaps you've heard of it. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." Two brothers, two vampire movies. In an additional connection to the legendary blood-suckers, the sibs' grandmother, Lupita Tovar, starred in the 1930s Spanish-language version of "Dracula." That's a lot of garlic hate for one family. Read More...

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RainLots of variety from Variety today. See what I did there? Yeah? Long day. Almost over. Enjoy the Dailies.

-- "School of Rock" writer Mike White sold the script for his "Babe in the Woods," an action-comedy in which a new student at Yale University somehow becomes the target of the New Jersey mob. I envision this as a cross between "PCU" and "The Sopranos." (Variety)

-- The announcement that Steven Spielberg's next project would be an adaptation of the Jimmy Stewart classic "Harvey" led many to speculate that Spielberg pal Tom Hanks would step into -- or at least be approached for -- the Stewart role. Fox hasn't exactly put those possibilities to rest, but they did issue a statement saying that the actor "has not read the script and speculation about him and this project has been inaccurate." So there you have it. (Variety) Read More...

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