‘Paranormal Activity: Marked Ones’ grosses $1.2 million Thursday

A scene from "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones."
(Paramount Pictures / AP)

Paramount Pictures’ “Paranormal Activity” spinoff, the only new wide-release movie at theaters this weekend, generated $1.2 million in ticket sales in late-night shows on Thursday as it entered a marketplace crowded with popular films.

The R-rated “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” played in 1,600 theaters Thursday night for a decent start for the offshoot to the lucrative found-footage fright-fest series. For comparison, Paramount’s micro-budget horror film “The Devil Inside” took in about $2 million from late showings when it debuted the same weekend in 2012 and went on to gross $33.7 million through that Sunday.

Snowstorms on the East Coast may have kept some moviegoers at home, especially in major cities such as New York and Boston.

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“The Marked Ones” will run in 2,800 locations in the U.S. and Canada this weekend as it tries to scare off “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “Frozen” for the top of the box office rankings. The studio is projecting a gross of roughly $15 million through Sunday, though earlier analyst estimates were higher. “The Marked Ones” cost about $5 million to make, essentially the same as the last two “Paranormal Activity” movies.

Not a sequel to 2012’s “Paranormal Activity 4,” “The Marked Ones” features a mostly Latino cast and is set in the barrios of Oxnard, Calif. “Paranormal Activity 5" is scheduled for release in October.

“The Marked Ones,” about a young Latino who is pegged for demonic possession, has received generally lukewarm reactions from the few critics who have reviewed it -- it has earned a 55% “fresh” rating from Rotten Tomatoes, counting 31 writeups.

The film is competing with a slate that includes “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” Martin Scorsese‘s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” David O. Russell‘s con-artist flick “American Hustle,” Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” and 20th Century Fox‘s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”


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