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'Paranormal Activity 3' Debuts on Top with $54 Million

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There was a lot of activity at the box office this weekend.

Paranormal Activity 3 opened in first place, earning an estimated $54 million -- a record debut total for a horror flick.  It surpassed the $40.7 million raised by the second film in the series last year.

Paranormal Activity 3 also enjoyed the best-ever debut for an October release.  The 2010 film Jackass 3D held the previous mark: $50.35 million.

Real Steel, which was the box office champ the previous two weekends, dropped to second place, with $11.3 million.  The Three Musketeers premiered in the fourth spot, with $8.8 million; the comedy sequel Johnny English Reborn opened in eighth place, with $3.8 million; and the new sports drama The Mighty Macs finished outside the top 10, with $1.1 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Paranormal Activity 3, $54 million.
2. Real Steel, $11.3 million.
3. Footloose, $10.85 million.
4. The Three Musketeers, $8.8 million.
5. The Ides of March, $4.9 million.
6. Dolphin Tale, $4.2 million.
7. Moneyball, $4.05 million.
8. Johnny English Reborn, $3.8 million.
9. The Thing, $3.1 million.
10. 50/50, $2.8 million.

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Movie Review: ‘Paranormal Activity 3’

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Most horror movies involving haunted homes seem to have that one fundamental flaw in common: when things start getting creepy and people get hurt, why stay in the house?

If you’re willing to overlook the characters' lack of common sense in this regard, Paranormal Activity 3 may very well be the scariest entry of the franchise.

This time, we see supposedly found footage from 1988, featuring Paranormal Activity sisters Katie and Kristi (the sisters Grimm?) as children. We get to meet their mother -- and, in a clever plot device, her boyfriend, Dennis, a wedding videographer who decides to set up video camera in the house to catch the action when things start going bump in the night…and in the day.  Turns out the curious happenings are a product of Kristi's relationship with her imaginary friend, Toby, who may actually be a demon.

There are three elements that combine to make Paranormal Activity 3 effective: excellent use of silence; clever set up of a camera affixed to an oscillating fan; and the believability of Chloe Csengery and Jessica Tyler Brown, the young actresses who play Katie and Kristi, respectively.  Hiring Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman didn't hurt either. These two have an instinct for suspense, and though the product of that instinct is clichéd, it still works.

Perhaps the most curious aspect of Paranormal Activity 3 is the disconnect between the film's trailer and the actual movie. Most of what you see in the trailer is not in the film, including the expert who appears to diagnose Kristi's issue. Instead, Joost and Schulman show great restraint by leaving that character on the cutting room floor and letting the audience draw its own conclusions.

Three-and-a-half out of five stars.

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'The Three Musketeers,' 'Paranormal Activity 3' and More Open Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- The Three Musketeers: In the latest retelling of the classic story, Logan Lerman's D'Artagnan joins the three Musketeers -- Porthos, Athos and Aramis -- on a mission to protect the king of France from the evil Cardinal Richelieu.  Ray Stevenson, Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz and Milla Jovovich also star in the film, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG-13.

-- Paranormal Activity 3: Two young sisters in 1988 are haunted by a supernatural being at home.  Rated R.

-- Johnny English Reborn: British comedian Rowan Atkinson returns as the bumbling secret agent Johnny English, who first appeared on the big screen in 2003.  This time around, English is called upon to thwart a plot to kill to a Chinese premier.  Gillian Anderson and Dominic West also star.  Rated PG.

-- The Mighty Macs: The sports drama is based on the true story of the 1971-1972 Immaculata College women's basketball team, which improbably won a national championship.  Carla Gugino plays the coach of the all-women's Catholic school in Philadelphia.  David Boreanaz and Ellen Burstyn also star.  Rated G.  [Click here to read a review]

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