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    Box Office: So, How Did Cloud Atlas Do Exactly?

    Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Cloud Atlas Jay Maidment/Warner Bros. Pictures

    UPDATE: The final standings released Monday featured a lot of flip-flopping, chiefly Cloud Atlas rising to No. 2, with $9.6 million, and Hotel Transylvania moving down to third place, with $9.4 million.

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    The biggest shock of the box-office weekend?

    That Ben Affleck went to No.1 with a slightly old movie? That an even-older movie, Hotel Transylvania, moved up to the No. 2 spot?

    Or that Cloud Atlas, the nearly three-hour, "exasperating," "sometimes-confounding" and more-than occasionally admired Cloud Atlas, didn't flop nearly as big, if at all, as all the other major new releases?

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    "Anytime you have a movie like this," Hollywood.com box-office analyst Paul Degarabedian said Sunday, "you're not going to make a ton of money."

    And, no, the reputedly $100 million Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, didn't make a ton of money.

    In its Friday-Sunday opening frame, the film by The Matrix's Wachowskis and Run Lola Run's Tom Twyker grossed an estimated $9.4 million.

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    Among the smallest wide-release debuts ever for Hanks, Cloud Atlas nonetheless posted the largest per-screen average of any film in the Top 10, and bested fellow newcomers Silent Hill: Revelation 3D ($8 million), Fun Size ($4.1 million) and the Gerard Butler surfing movie, Chasing Mavericks ($2.2 million), which didn't even make the Top 10. 

    Perhaps expectedly, the much-debated Cloud Atlas was graded a C-plus by opening-weekend audiences. (By comparison, Chasing Mavericks was rated a B-plus its few and proud ticket buyers.)

    "We'll see how it plays out," Warner Bros. exec Dan Fellman said. "It's got a ways to go."

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    Overall, it was a scary, as in bad, pre-Halloween weekend for Hollywood. Last weekend's champ, Paranormal Activity 4, dropped like one of the all-time rocks, with business falling off 70 percent. 

    Affleck's Argo ($12.4 million), which opened Oct. 12, claimed its first win in three tries. To date, the Oscar buzz film has grossed some $60 million domestically.

    In its fifth weekend, Hotel Transylvania ($9.5 million) broke $130 million domestically.  

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    Here's a rundown of the weekend's top movies, per Friday-Sunday domestic estimates as reported by the studios and Exhibitor Relations:

    1. Argo, $12.4 million
    2. Hotel Transylvania, $9.5 million
    3. Cloud Atlas, $9.4 million
    4. Paranormal Activity 4, $8.7 million
    5. Taken 2, $8 million
    6. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, $8 million
    7. Here Comes the Boom, $5.5 million
    8. Sinister, $5.07 million
    9. Alex Cross, $5.05 million
    10. Fun Size, $4.1 million

    (Originally published Oct. 28, 2012 at 10:44 a.m. PT.)

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