"Couples Retreat" Becomes No. 1 Box-Office Destination! 


Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau teamed up for "Couples Retreat," the weekend's No. 1 box-office flick. The comedy debuted with $35.3 million.

Universal Pictures is celebrating the film's high box-office take. The good news for the studio came just days after management shake-up where top managers March Shmuger and David Linde were replaced by Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley.

The studio is banking on "Couples Retreat's" excellent box-office performance after a crappy season with under-performing films such as "Land of the Lost" starring Will Ferrell, "Funny People" with Adam Sandler, and "Love Happens" with Jennifer Aniston.

But the good news for the weekend belonged to Paramount's "Paranormal Activity." Shot for $15,000, the horror flick debuted at No. 5 with $7.1 million showing in just 160 theaters! It averaged $44,163 per theater compared with $11,780 in 3,000 cinemas for "Couples Retreat!"

With the high demand for "Paranormal Activity," Paramount is putting the film in wide release beginning Oct. 16th. Billed as the first-ever major film release decided by viewers, demands from fans for the movie to be released in their towns reached more than 1 million requests; hence, you'll soon be able to watch "Paranormal Activity" in your neighborhoods! Check out their site http://www.paranormalmovie.com/ for more info.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office list for weekend of Oct. 9th:

1. "Couples Retreat," $35.3 million.
2. "Zombieland," $15 million.
3. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," $12 million.
4. "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" in 3-D, $7.7 million.
5. "Paranormal Activity," $7.1 million.
6. "Surrogates," $4.1 million.
7. "The Invention of Lying," $3.4 million.
8. "Whip It," $2.8 million.
9. "Capitalism: A Love Story," $2.7 million.
10. "Fame," $2.6 million.

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