Box office results: ‘Paranormal Activity 3’ sets October record

Strong so far.

The total receipts are in for the weekend, and “Paranormal Activity 3” somehow managed to scare up even more money than we even expected — and set a pair of records in the process.

Overall, the newest installment in the horror franchise brought in an astounding $54 million for the weekend. Not only is this $10 million more than how the second installment did in 2010, but it also managed to set a pair of records — largest October opening ever as well as best opening ever for a horror film. In total, the movie has made $80 million worldwide, which is 16 times its tiny $5 million budget.

As for the other big-time new release of the weekend, “The Three Musketeers” managed to barely make much of an imprint behind “Real Steel” and “Footloose” at #4. Milla Jovovich was right to criticize Summit Entertainment for its weak promotion, as $8.8 million is terrible for a $90 million film. (It has grossed $50 million so far overseas with different distrtibutors.)

What did you see this weekend?

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