Bumper opening for Wild Things

Paranormal Activity also nabs large gross on first weekend.

Where The Wild Things AreWhere The Wild Things Are, the adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic illustrated novel from director Spike Jonze, has beaten expectations on its opening weekend.

The film took $32.5 million in the US domestic box office, far above estimates that predicted a modest taking. The film has been a part of a relatively large promotional push lately after lingering so long in production, while Sendak’s somewhat acerbic comments towards concerned parents were reported on this website last week.

Paranormal Activity, another film that has been heavily buzzed of late, picked up $20.2 million from Paramount’s expansion of its release into 750 cinemas. A further expansion is expected next week, and the film currently has a cumulative domestic gross of over $30 million. Where The Wild Things Are and Paranormal Activity finished first and third respectively.