'Paranormal Activity 3' scares up huge $54M debut

By Christy Lemire

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Oct. 23 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, a scene is shown from the film "Paranormal Activity 3."

Paramount Pictures, Associated Press

Enlarge photo»

LOS ANGELES — "Paranormal Activity 3" didn't just go bump in the night. It made a ton of noise at the box office with a huge, $54 million opening.

The third film in Paramount's low-budget horror franchise was No. 1 at the box office, according to Sunday studio estimates. Part two also debuted in the top spot a year ago with $40.7 million

"Paranormal Activity 3" is actually a prequel, with the discovery of disturbing home-movie footage from 1988. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who made the creepy documentary "Catfish," took over directing duties this time.

Try out the new DeseretNews.com design!
try beta learn more
Get The Deseret News Everywhere