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'Paranormal 3' scares up record $54M debut

A still shot from the movie, 'Paranormal Activity 3.' (Blumhouse Productions / Paramount Pictures)

October 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
With Halloween just around the corner, terror reigned supreme at the box office this weekend with "Paranormal Activity 3."

The third film in Paramount Pictures' fright franchise scared its way to No. 1 with $54 million - the biggest debut for a horror movie.

The movie serves as a prequel to the low-budget 2007 original and sees two young sisters befriending a strange and invisible force in their home.

The robot boxing movie "Real Steel" starring Hugh Jackman came in at No. 2 with just over $11 million.

The remake of the 1980s classic dance flick "Footloose" came in at No. 3 with just under $11 million.

Another remake of a different kind, "The Three Musketeers" came in at No.4 with $8.8 million, and the political thriller "The Ides of March" rounded out the top five with $4.9 million.

The top 10 movies of the weekend were:

1. "Paranormal Activity 3," $54 million. ($26 million international.)
2. "Real Steel," $11.3 million. ($18.5 million international.)
3. "Footloose," $10.85 million.
4. "The Three Musketeers," $8.8 million. ($17.1 million international.)
5. "The Ides of March," $4.9 million.
6. "Dolphin Tale," $4.2 million.
7. "Moneyball," $4.05 million.
8. "Johnny English Reborn," $3.8 million. ($13.5 million international.)
9. "The Thing," $3.1 million.
10. "50/50," $2.8 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.