‘Paranormal Activity 4’ lags behind predecessors

Late-night screenings bring in $4.5 million

Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity 4” struggled to scare up the same opening late-night support as its predecessors, with $4.5 million from screenings beginning 9 p.m. Thursday.

The four-quel landed significantly behind “Paranormal 3,” which grossed $8 million from midnight runs last year, and the 2010 sequel’s $6.3 million debut late-night tally, which translated to a $40 million domestic three-day gross.

It’s not surprising to see “Paranormal 4” lag behind its predecessor, since that pic earned $53 million opening weekend — though by trailing the third film, it’s more likely that “Paranormal 4” will hit the low-side of Stateside expectations at around $35 million. Pre-weekend tracking suggested the film could gross $40 million-plus through Sunday.

The film’s $4.5 million start includes both late-night and midnight screenings (exhibs typically do not separate the grosses).

Internationally, however, “Paranormal 4” earned $4 million from 13 territories. Pic already is outpacing the two previous outings in markets like Australia and Germany. Par launched “Paranormal” in 34 day-and-date territories this weekend.

“Paranormal 4” expands today to more than 3,300 domestic locations.

More Film

  • James Bond Skyfall

    Universal Wins International Rights to James Bond 25

    Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity 4” struggled to scare up the same opening late-night support as its predecessors, with $4.5 million from screenings beginning 9 p.m. Thursday. The four-quel landed significantly behind “Paranormal 3,” which grossed $8 million from midnight runs last year, and the 2010 sequel’s $6.3 million debut late-night tally, which translated to a $40 […]

  • In 'That Summer,' the Stars of

    In 'That Summer,' the Stars of 'Grey Gardens' Look More Unhinged Than Ever

    Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity 4” struggled to scare up the same opening late-night support as its predecessors, with $4.5 million from screenings beginning 9 p.m. Thursday. The four-quel landed significantly behind “Paranormal 3,” which grossed $8 million from midnight runs last year, and the 2010 sequel’s $6.3 million debut late-night tally, which translated to a $40 […]

  • Alice Eve's Comedy 'Bees Make Honey'

    Film News Roundup: Alice Eve's Comedy 'Bees Make Honey' Set for July Release

    Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity 4” struggled to scare up the same opening late-night support as its predecessors, with $4.5 million from screenings beginning 9 p.m. Thursday. The four-quel landed significantly behind “Paranormal 3,” which grossed $8 million from midnight runs last year, and the 2010 sequel’s $6.3 million debut late-night tally, which translated to a $40 […]

  • China Appoints Wang Xiaohui as Film

    China Appoints Wang Xiaohui as Film Bureau Chief

    Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity 4” struggled to scare up the same opening late-night support as its predecessors, with $4.5 million from screenings beginning 9 p.m. Thursday. The four-quel landed significantly behind “Paranormal 3,” which grossed $8 million from midnight runs last year, and the 2010 sequel’s $6.3 million debut late-night tally, which translated to a $40 […]

  • Morgan Freeman Sexual Harassment

    Morgan Freeman Pulled From Visa Marketing After Harassment Allegations

    Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity 4” struggled to scare up the same opening late-night support as its predecessors, with $4.5 million from screenings beginning 9 p.m. Thursday. The four-quel landed significantly behind “Paranormal 3,” which grossed $8 million from midnight runs last year, and the 2010 sequel’s $6.3 million debut late-night tally, which translated to a $40 […]

  • Boba Fett movie

    ‘Star Wars:’ A Boba Fett Movie Is in the Works

    Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity 4” struggled to scare up the same opening late-night support as its predecessors, with $4.5 million from screenings beginning 9 p.m. Thursday. The four-quel landed significantly behind “Paranormal 3,” which grossed $8 million from midnight runs last year, and the 2010 sequel’s $6.3 million debut late-night tally, which translated to a $40 […]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Hollywood Reacts to Impending Harvey Weinstein Arrest: 'It's Been a Long Time Coming'

    Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity 4” struggled to scare up the same opening late-night support as its predecessors, with $4.5 million from screenings beginning 9 p.m. Thursday. The four-quel landed significantly behind “Paranormal 3,” which grossed $8 million from midnight runs last year, and the 2010 sequel’s $6.3 million debut late-night tally, which translated to a $40 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content