ParaNorman not Expendable, makes $14 million

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Laika Entertainment’s “Para­Nor­man,” an ani­mated com­edy thriller star­ring a small-town boy who bat­tles zom­bies, opened at third place in the North Amer­i­can box office this week­end with $14 million.

Dis­trib­uted by Focus Fea­tures and Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures Inter­na­tional, Para­Nor­man made another $2 mil­lion overseas.

The 3D puppet-animated film fared con­sid­er­ably behind the live-action The Expend­ables 2, which opened at $28.8 mil­lion (and another $17.3 mil­lion abroad), and The Bourne Legacy, which gar­nered $17 mil­lion (plus $18.2 mil­lion over­seas) in its sec­ond weekend.

Various 3D printed Norman faces

Var­i­ous 3D printed Nor­man faces

Para­Nor­man has the inter­est­ing dis­tinc­tion of being the first 3D stop motion ani­mated film that is also com­puter gen­er­ated. Twenty seven major char­ac­ters had their faces “built” in a com­puter. Through com­puter mod­el­ing, it was easy to manip­u­late the char­ac­ters faces for expres­sions and speak­ing. Once cre­ated, each pose was then out­puted to a 3D printer. The 3D print­ers build up each character’s face by deposit­ing hun­dreds of lay­ers of fine white plaster-vinyl pow­der, which is then sprayed with ink. Over 31,000 parts were cre­ated this way… each thirty sec­onds would require almost 300 faces per character.

In inter­na­tional the­aters for films dis­trib­uted over­seas by Hol­ly­wood stu­dios, Pixar’s Brave was in fifth place with $14.4 mil­lion, accord­ing to Ren­trak. Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift was at No. 7 with $10.1 million.

Fox’s Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift has made $150.1 mil­lion domes­ti­cally since it opened July 13.

Over­all, domes­tic rev­enues reached $139 mil­lion, up 12% from the same week­end last year, when The Help topped the box office with $20 mil­lion, track­ing com­pany Hollywood.com said. Busi­ness had been down the pre­vi­ous three week­ends this summer.

Accord­ing to Hollywood.com, rev­enues have reached $3.9 bil­lion since the first week­end of May down 5% from the same period last sum­mer, when the sea­son closed with an all-time high of $4.4 billion.

We’re wind­ing down the sum­mer, and we’re in the dog days of August. They’re called that for a rea­son, because we’re expe­ri­enc­ing the typ­i­cal sum­mer slow­down, only it seems worse this year,” Hollywood.com ana­lyst Paul Der­garabe­dian said.

Esti­mated ticket sales for Fri­day through Sun­day at United States and Cana­dian the­aters were released by Hollywood.com. Final domes­tic fig­ures are sched­uled for release Monday.

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