By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Paranormal Activity 4, the fourth horror thriller in the surveillance-camera franchise, finished in first place by earning an estimated $30-million on its debut weekend.

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Second place went to the holdover, Argo, the Ben Affleck suspense thriller. Its total was just under $17-million.

In third place with between $13-million and $14-million was Hotel Transylvania, while the box-office leader of the last two weekends, Taken 2, was just behind it.

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And rounding out the top five was the weekend’s other new release, Alex Cross, the police procedural with Tyler Perry in the title role, which earned just under $12-million.

Overall, industry-wide totals were slightly ahead of last year’s pace.

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