Shortly after confirming to release "Paranormal Activity 4" this year, Paramount Pictures announced the official release date for the next installment of the horror movie franchise. On Wednesday, January 4, the studio stated that the fourth "Paranormal Activity" will open in the U.S. theaters on October 19.
The movie is set to arrive in cinemas in the same pre-Halloween week as the first three "Paranormal Activity" films. It is set to open against Lionsgate Films' star-studded rom-com "The Wedding", and Warner Bros. Pictures' much awaited crime drama "The Gangster Squad".
Additionally, "Paranormal Activity 4" will have to compete with other horror movies that are set to be released in time for Halloween. They include "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D" which will open earlier on October 5, and "Halloween 3D" which will be released on October 26.
Despite the fact that it has already been given an exact release date, "Paranormal Activity 4" still hasn't announced its director, screenwriter or actors. It is unclear whether or not Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman will return to the directing seats, or if Christopher B. Landon will come back to pen the script.
Back in December 2011, producer Oren Peli played coy when asked about the progress of the upcoming sequel. He told The Hollywood Reporter, "We are never going to make a sequel...just for the sake of making a sequel. It's safe to say there are discussions."
The latest "Paranormal Activity" film was released last October 21, 2011. It raked in $54 million on its opening weekend in October, scoring the best opening of all time for a horror movie. It has also grossed a massive $202 million worldwide despite the fact that it only cost around $5 million to produce.
The first installment, which was released in limited theaters on September 25, 2009, grossed $193.3 million worldwide though it was made with a mere $15,000 budget. As for the second one, the horror film, which cost $3 million to produce, grossed $177.5 million worldwide. It was released on October 22, 2010.