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Ben Affleck’s Argo Climbs to Top of Dismal Weekend Box Office

By all accounts, this wasn’t a good weekend for the North American box office. Just two weekends ago, the No. 1 release, Paranormal Activity 4, earned almost $30 million, but this weekend the top earner grossed a mere $12 million. On the positive side, though, that film was Argo, which made its way to the top spot after three weeks of release, bringing its total to nearly $61 million.

The news wasn’t great for the weekend’s four new releases: Cloud Atlas, the epic adaptation directed by Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski came in third with $9.4 million, behind Sony’s animated Hotel Transylvania. Open Road Films’ Silent Hill: Revelations 3D tied with Taken 2 for the fifth spot; both earned $8 million.

The two other big releases were the Halloween-themed Paramount comedy Fun Size and Fox’s surfing drama Chasing Mavericks from Fox, which pulled in about $4 million $2.2 million, respectively.

The big question is whether this weekend’s new releases will fare better or worse. The two major releases are Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph and the Seth Rogen/Barbra Streisand comedy The Guilt Trip. On one hand, Hurricane Sandy is poised to do some major damage to the East Coast. On the other, the World Series came to an end last night, which will free up some people unaffected by the storm.


  • Orphan

    Of course absolutely no mention of Perks of Being A Wallflower.God Forbid we should miss a mention of another Seth Rogan piece of crap.

  • CudaBiro

    I’m happy to see Hotel Transylvania has some legs, and look forward to whatever Tartakovsky produces after Popeye.

  • Michael J

    Hey, I actually enjoyed Perks Of Being A Wallflower but I digress.Argo kicked Cloud Atlas and Silent Hill 3D ass, thanks to positive word of mouth.Argo is a great movie.Cloud Atlas is a giant pile of hot mess that is freaking 3 hours long and the movie put me to sleep.I thought I was high, while watching the movie.I saw a group of people walk out in disgust.This movie is from the creators of the Matrix and their transgendered sibling.

    Last I checked their last movie was Speed Racer.I avoided that film like the plague.I tire of Hollywood, changing the race of a Japanese main character from a popular anime cartoon series or the Manga books.It’s Hollywood schick..forget about any Manga being made there without the most obvious changes of all.Can you say Dragon Ball Z or The last Airbender..? Thank the comic and game gods for the Phoenix Wright movie that was filmed in Japan.That movie was absolutely amazing.

    Again I loved Argo and let it continue to ride the wave of the positive reviews, until Wreck It Ralph comes out this Friday.Cloud Atlas…Epic Fail.$100 million dollars down the toilet.