Halloween is around the corner, but most moviegoers this weekend passed on horror and went for the relationship comedy about four couples on a tropical getaway. Despite a lot of negative reviews, “Couples Retreat” made buckets of money, an estimated $35 million, to become the number one movie in the country.
“Couples Retreat” is a Vince Vaughn project. Vaughn co-wrote the script and stars with Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman and Jean Reno. The story revolves around the antics of four couples during relationship therapy sessions at a resort on Bora Bora.
Last week’s top flick, the horror comedy “Zombieland” placed a distant second with around $15 million. The family animation, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” is still doing pretty good business and earned in the neighborhood of $12 million for third, followed by another family film, the double feature “Toy Story/Toy Story 2 (3D)” in fourth with an estimated $7.6 million.
In fifth, “Paranormal Activity,” a low budget horror thriller, which managed to score around $7 million on just 156 screens! After three weeks in limited release, the picture cracked the top five and is expected to go wide next weekend. There is already buzz that it could become another phenomenon like “The Blair Witch Project.” The story revolves around a couple moving into a new home and being terrorized by a demonic presence.