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'Paranormal Activity 3' scares up $8 million at midnight showings

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Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 3 earned an estimated $8 million from midnight showings at 2,200 locations last night.

That puts the fright-fest 30 percent ahead of Paranormal Activity 2, which scared up $6.3 million from midnight shows last year and ultimately earned $40.7 million in its first weekend.

Yesterday, I predicted a $41 million weekend for PA3, and while that number is still a likely target (due to sequel frontloadedness), if the film can keep up this kind of momentum, it could  be looking at a $46 million opening frame.

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