Puss In Boots beats out Tower Heist and Harold and Kumar at the weekend box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

When the snow storm hit last weekend, there were those that felt the movie that got hurt the worst was Dreamworks Animation’s Shrek spinoff PUSS IN BOOTS.  The movie only brought in $34 million last weekend, but this weekend it brought in $33 million, which is barely a 3% drop.  Normal drop-off from opening weekend to second weekend is about 50% and I’ve never seen a movie only lose 3% of its audience before.  So I guess the snowstorm hurt the film more than we thought.

The opening movies this weekend didn’t fare so well, but to be honest, I think the fact that TOWER HEIST managed almost $25 million this weekend is pretty incredible.  Eddie Murphy, Bret Ratner and Ben Stiller; nothing about that combination sounds appealing.  HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS only took in $13 million, but given it’s almost a genre movie anyway, that’s not horrible.  But the real “news” this weekend is just how weak the overall box office numbers are; people just aren’t going to go see movies.  There are plenty of reasons why, but this continued streak of slow weekends is going to force Hollywood to act.

Next week sees the release of what might be Adam Sandler’s worst movie to date (and that’s saying something), JACK AND JILL, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar chaser J. EDGAR, and Henry Cavill’s pre-Superman film IMMORTALS.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

Puss in Boots

1. Puss In Boots $33m

2. Tower Heist $24.6m

3. Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas $13m

4. Paranormal Activity 3 $8.5m

5. In Time $7.8m

6. Footloose $4.8m

7. Real Steel $3.5m

8. The Rum Diary $2.9m

9. The Ides of March $2m

10. Moneyball $1.9m

Source: Deadline

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