Film News: ‘Puss in Boots’ Takes Box Office Crown on Halloween Weekend

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CHICAGO – Halloween weekend belonged to the cats this year as “Puss in Boots” beat out “Paranormal Activity 3” for the box office crown. The new animated feature starring a feline character that was first brought to us in the “Shrek” franchise proved that kids movies are still king of the box office of late.

The new animated film, starring the voice of Antonio Banderas, brought in an estimated $34 million on a weekend that usually belongs to the horror genre. The total almost doubled the second weekend for “Paranormal Activity 3,” which brought in $18.5 million. Paramount and the “Paranormal 3” creators can’t be too disappointed though, as the film has grossed $81.3 million total in its first ten days in theaters.

As far as the other new releases, the new thriller “In Time” starring Justin Timberlake made $12 million. The total was good enough for the box office bronze. Johnny Depp’s new film, “The Rum Diary,” finished in fifth with an estimated $5 million.

“Footloose” and “Real Steel” had another strong week of showing, finishing with $5.4 million and $4.7 million respectively, placing the films in fourth and sixth place. The $.7 million add on for “Real Steel” pushed its total gross up to $73.9 million.

We will have to wait and see if the animated/family film “Puss in Boots” can keep hold of the crown next week when the film faces all the current releases, as well as the new films “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D” and “Tower Heist.”

1. Puss in Boots — $34 million — new
2. Paranormal Activity 3 – $18.5 million – down 65% — $81.3 million total
3. In Time — $12 million — new
4. Footloose – $5.4 million – down 48% — $38.4 million total
5. The Rum Diary — $5 million — new
6. Real Steel– $4.7 million – down 57% — $73.9 million total
7. The Three Musketeers – $3.5 million – down 60% — $14.8 million total
8. The Ides of March– $2.7 million – down 44% — $33.5 million total
9. Moneyball– $2.4 million – down 40% — $67.4 million total
10. Courageous – $1.8 million – down 28% — $27.6 million total staff writer Tim Martens

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