Long Range Forecast: 'Paranormal Activity' and 'Hereafter'

Featured Stories - on August 21, 2010 by Phil Contrino

A horror sequel and Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort hit theaters in October

forecast821.pngThis week, we've added two new films to the Long Range Forecast. Paranormal Activity and Hereafter are both scheduled to hit theaters on October 22.

Paramount is hoping that lightning will strike twice with the Paranormal Activity property. Horror sequels are a tricky thing to get right, especially when they come after a huge phenomenon. Look for no further than Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, which grossed only $26.4 million after the surprising success of its predecessor. While there's certainly a chance that Paranormal Activity 2 could fall into that trap, early reactions to the teaser are positive. Paramount should get a little more mileage out of this one.

Most of Clint Eastwood's recent directorial gigs open to modest numbers before ultimately showing some serious staying power. Hereafter should be no different. Eastwood makes movies for adults, which means that his audience doesn't necessarily rush out opening weekend. Oscar buzz could also prolong the film's theatrical run.

Check out our predictions for those films as well as other in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Hereafter Oct 22, 2010 Warner Bros.
$16,000,000 $58,000,000
Paranormal Activity 2 Oct 22, 2010 Paramount
$26,000,000 $58,000,000
Jackass 3D Oct 15, 2010 MTV
Paramount
$30,000,000 $75,000,000
Red (2010) Oct 15, 2010 Summit
$16,000,000 $50,000,000
Life as We Know It Oct 8, 2010 Warner Bros.
$19,000,000 $55,000,000
Let Me In Oct 1, 2010 Relativity
$15,000,000 $52,000,000
The Social Network Oct 1, 2010 Sony
$25,000,000 $70,000,000
You Again Sep 24, 2010 Disney
$16,000,000 $53,000,000
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Sep 24, 2010 Warner Bros.
$22,000,000 $75,000,000
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Sep 24, 2010 Fox
$21,000,000 $60,000,000
Alpha & Omega Sep 17, 2010 Lionsgate
$11,000,000 $33,000,000
Devil Sep 17, 2010 Universal
$18,000,000 $42,000,000
Easy A Sep 17, 2010 Screen Gems
$10,000,000 $28,000,000
The Town Sep 17, 2010 Warner Bros.
$11,000,000 $32,000,000
Resident Evil: Afterlife Sep 10, 2010 Screen Gems
$22,000,000 $45,000,000
Machete Sep 3, 2010 Fox
$17,000,000 $40,000,000
Going the Distance (2010) Sep 3, 2010 New Line
$10,000,000 $25,000,000
The American Sep 1, 2010 Focus
$13,000,000 $40,000,000
The Last Exorcism Aug 27, 2010 Lionsgate
$15,000,000 $37,000,000
Takers Aug 27, 2010 Screen Gems
$13,000,000 $30,000,000

Tags: Hereafter, Paranormal Activity 2

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