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Thompson on Hollywood By Charles Lyons | Thompson on Hollywood November 6, 2011 at 7:35AM

Amazingly, 3-D animated family feature Puss In Boots held off challenger Tower Heist this weekend, reports Charles Lyons.
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Tower Heist
Tower Heist

Amazingly, 3-D animated family feature Puss In Boots held off challenger Tower Heist this weekend, reports Charles Lyons.

In a surprise: One angry cat hoisted itself over a newbie challenger to claim the top box-office spot for the second week in row. Paramount/ DreamWorks’ family pleaser, Puss In Boots, took in an estimated $33 million, a scant 3% drop from last week’s $34 million—a rarity—proving that Halloween and unseasonal snow in the North East dented its opening weekend.

Universal’s 99%-friendly Tower Heist, about a group of hotel employees who get swindled out of their pensions by a 1-percenter and then try to steal back their due, snagged second place with $25.1 million, lower than early estimates, which had the Brett Ratner comedy easily winning the weekend.

Heist (69% on the Tomatometer) added levity to a sobering October, which was 12% off of record-setting September. Despite a B CinemaScore, the Eddie Murphy-Ben Stiller comedy connected well enough to open strong with its humor-deprived audience.

Another new comedic entry this weekend was Warner Brothers’ off-color, and off-season, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D (Tomatometer 72%), starring John Cho and Kal Penn. With a low budget of $20 million (about a forth of Heist’s), the Harold & Kumar sequel laughed up a slightly-lower-than-expected $13 million. The 2004 original, Harold & Kumar Go to the White Castle, about two marijuana-loving goofballs, grossed $23.9 million.

Disney’s Real Steel quietly took in another $3.4 million, but overseas it muscled $10.7 million from 38 territories, bringing it to a bulky estimated global cume of $206 million. Paranormal Activity 3, in its third weekend, scared up $8.5 million, bringing its cume to $95.3 million. Paramount’s Footloose stepped just 16% off last weekend’s numbers, with $4.5 for the frame, bringing the low-budgeted teen remake a $44.8 millon cume. That’s healthier than FilmDistrict’s The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp, which drank in just $2.9 million, for an unspectacular $10.4 million two week total.

Top Ten Weekend Box Office Chart

1. Puss in Boots (Paramount/ DreamWorks) $33 million down 3% in its second weekend at 3,963 theaters, $8,327 theater average. Domestic total: $75.5 million.

2. Tower Heist (Universal) $25.1 million at 3,367 theaters, $7,450 theater average. Domestic total: $25.1 million.

3. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (Warner Bros./ New Line) $13 million, at 2,875 theaters, $4,521 theater average. Domestic total: $13 million.

4. Paranormal Activity 3 (Paramount) $8.5 million down 54% in its third weekend at 3,286 theaters, $2,586 theater average. Domestic total: $95.3 million.

5. In Time (Fox) 7.7 million in its second weekend at 3127 theaters, $2462 theater average. Domestic total: $24.2 million.

6. Footloose (Paramount) $4.5 million down 16% in its fourth weekend at 2,811 theaters, $1,600 theater average. Domestic total: $44.8 million.

7. Real Steel (Disney/DreamWorks) $3.4 million down 29% in its fifth weekend at 2,438 theaters, $1,397 theater average. Domestic total: $78,750 million.

8. The Rum Diary (FilmDistrict) $2.9 million down 42% in its second weekend at 2,292 theaters, $1,265 theater average. Domestic total: $10.4 million.

9. The Ides of March (Sony) $2 million down 25% in its fifth weekend at 1,391 theaters, $1,437 theater average. Domestic total: $36.8 million. 

10. Moneyball (Sony) $1.9 million down 20% in its seventh weekend at 1,278 theaters. $1,486 theater average. Domestic total: $70.3 million.

This article is related to: Box Office, DreamWorks, Universal, comedy, Animation


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.