You Pick the Box Office Winner: Epic 'Cloud Atlas' Tries to Scare 'Paranormal Activity' Away

Welcome back to another week of predicting the box office winner here at Fandango, and what a week we have at the box office. Four new wide releases look to compete for your hard-earned bucks, while the latest Paranormal Activity sequel tries to scare away those looking to steal away its number one spot. Let's take a closer look ...

Cloud Atlas

What's the Scoop: A star-studded adaptation of David Mitchell's sprawling novel that dances across six loosely-connected short stories that begin in the year 1850 and end in a post-apocalyptic distant future.

Why It Might Win the Weekend: If names like Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant don't get your attention, then perhaps the fact that much of this was directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski (creators of the Matrix trilogy) will. 

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

What's the Scoop: Based on the popular horror game comes this sequel to 2006's Silent Hill that finds Heather Mason confronting the terrifying nightmares (and the creatures within) that have plagued her since childhood.

Why It Might Win the Weekend: With only a handful of days before Halloween, this is the last scary movie we'll be getting in theater prior to this year's spooky holiday. So for those who've already devoured Sinister and Paranormal Activity, here's where you kick it up a horrific notch.

Fun Size

What's the Scoop: Nickelodeon's first PG-13 movie stars pre-teen favorite Victoria Justice as a girl who's just dying to go the year's biggest Halloween party, except she's stuck babysitting her brother. Until, of course, she loses her brother, igniting one helluva wild and crazy Halloween night. 

Why It Might Win the Weekend: This tamer version of Superbad is unique in that we usually don't get films like this at Halloween, making it a refreshing choice for those too old to watch the animated movies and too young to see the real scary stuff. 

Chasing Mavericks

What's the Scoop: Based on the true-life story of surfer Jay Moriarty who, at 16, attempted to surf one of the biggest waves on Earth with help from a local legend, Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler).

Why It Might Win the Weekend: Those looking for an inspirational, chase-your-dreams kind of movie will find it here, and with a storm brewing off the east coast, very large waves may just be a reoccurring theme throughout the weekend.

My Prediction: Cloud Atlas may be too risky a choice for some, and with so many options I can see people going for the sure bets. I wouldn't be surprised it Ben Affleck's Argo surprises everyone with a win at this week's box office.

My Pick of the Week: Don't be afraid of Cloud Atlas -- it truly is a pretty magnificent film, and one of the most ambitious studio movies we've seen in years. If you're itching for something a little dense and deep, give it a shot.

Alright cats, now it's your turn -- let us know what you'll be seeing this weekend, and which movie you think will win the weekend box office.



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