Led by Paramount's "Paranormal 4," Friday grosses are up from last week. And Ben Affleck can breathe easy: "Argo" (at #2) fell only 14%, and three other films fell one third or less: "Hotel Transylvania" (#5), "Here Comes the Boom" (#7) and "Pitch Perfect" (#8). This is a sign of good word of mouth and/or continued interest. The rankings may change in the final weekend tally.
The other wide opening was Lionsgate's "Alex Cross" with Tyler Perry starring as the detective earlier played by Morgan Freeman. Coming in at #4 initially, below the anticipated level, this could turn out to be a disappointment despite its low budget.
"Taken 2" (#3), "Sinister" (#6, way down from last Friday), "Looper" (#9) and "Frankenweenie" (dropping fast to #10) round out the list for now.
Among specialized openings. Fox Searchlight's "The Sessions" is headed for solid numbers at its four initial theaters, although not close to some other recent first weekends (including last month's "The Master" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower").
Check in for full reports on bothbox office the Top Ten and Arthouse Audit tomorrow.