'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

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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.

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