Paranormal Activity horrifies box office

2012-10-22 10:13

Los Angeles - Haunted house movie Paranormal Activity 4 crept into the No 1 spot on weekend box office charts with $30.2m in US and Canadian ticket sales, studio estimates released on Sunday showed.

The fourth instalment in the low-budget horror series chronicles the strange events that happen in a neighbourhood after a woman and her young child move in. The movie cost just $5m to make.

Paranormal Activity finished ahead of Iran hostage drama Argo, which collected $16.6m at domestic theatres from Friday through Sunday.

Directed by and starring Ben Affleck, the movie is based on the real-life rescue of US government employees from Iran in 1979.

Receipts for Argo dropped 15% from a week earlier.

The 3D animated Hotel Transylvania captured third place with $13.5m, just ahead of spy thriller Taken 2, which grabbed $13.4m.

Taken 2 stars Liam Neeson as a former spy who is kidnapped in Istanbul. Taken 2 topped box office rankings the past two weekends.