'Puss In Boots' triumphs over Halloween parties this weekend
Animated features opens strongly with $34 million box office take
A favorite character from the "Shrek" franchise took the nation's box
offices by storm over the weekend - it had tough competition, with
Halloween celebrations and nasty weather - but "Puss In Boots" came in
swinging with a healthy $34 million box office take. The opening weekend
put the family film at No. 1 at the weekend box office, in addition to
toppling the previous record held for a Halloween opening weekend - the
torture-porn installment "Saw III" that opened with $33.6 million in
While it had tough competition, with Halloween celebrations and nasty weather, 'Puss In Boots' came in swinging with a healthy $34 million box office take.
While "Puss" was not at all scary for a weekend that usually trots out spooky fare, the third story in a popular ghost story installment held down the second slot as Paramount's "Paranormal Activity 3" slid 65 percent as it entered its second weekend. The second prequel to 2009's original "Paranormal Activity," "3" took in an additional $18.5 million to bring its domestic gross to $81.3 million.
In addition to "Puss" and "Paranormal," Paramount also had a third entry in the top five as the toe-tapping "Footloose," in its third weekend, took in $5.4 million for fourth-place standing, bringing its domestic total to $38.4 million.
Steven Spielberg's animated feature "Tintin" got off to a strong start in 19 foreign markets where it collected an estimated $55.8 million. In 17 of those markets, it opened at number one, including the United Kingdom, where it took in $10.7 million and France, with $21.5 million. Paramount handled the film in the U.K.; Sony rolled it out in the other territories. If the character of "Tintin" doesn't ring a bell, it's largely because the character, created by Herge, is chiefly a European cartoon phenomenon.
"Tintin" opens in the United States courtesy of Paramount on December 21.
This weekend's top ten at the box office were:
1. "Puss in Boots," $34 million
2. "Paranormal Activity 3," $18.5 million
3. "In Time," $12 million
4. "Footloose," $5.4 million
5. "The Rum Diary," $5 million
6. "Real Steel," $4.7 million
7. "The Three Musketeers," $3.5 million
8. "The Ides of March" $2.7 million
9. "Moneyball," $2.9 million
10. "Courageous," $1.8 million
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