Halloween audiences picked beats over blood this weekend, pushing Michael Jackson's This Is It to the top spot, while horror phenomenon Paranormal Activity scored a strong second-place finish. With a $21.3 million domestic gross, This Is It raised its worldwide total to a massive $101 million that easily breaks the record for a concert doc, though it falls far short of the $250 million that concert promoter AEG reportedly predicted. Even so, the performance was good enough to convince distributor Sony (which acquired the pic for a mere $60 million) to announce that the concert pic will remain in theaters at least until Thanksgiving.
Still beating expectations in its third wide-release weekend, the sleeper hit Paranormal Activity dropped just 22 percent for a $16.5 million haul. At $84.8 million total after six weekends, the surprise smash is now the year's highest grossing horror movie. Rounding out the top five are holdovers Law Abiding Citizen ($7.3 million), Couples Retreat, ($6.1 million), and Saw VI ($5.6 million).
1. This Is It - $21.3M
2. Paranormal Activity - $16.5M
3. Law Abiding Citizen - $7.3M
4. Couples Retreat - $6.1M
5. Saw VI - $5.6M
6. Where the Wild Things Are - $5.1M
7. The Stepfather (2009) - $3.4M
8. Astro Boy (Movie) - $3M
9. Amelia - $3M
10. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant - $2.8M