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Puss in Boots claws $34 million in opening weekend

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, October 30, 2011

It's proof that the Shrek movie franchise can spawn a successful spinoff. Puss in Boots, the family adventure fantasy film starring the green ogre's best kitty friend, opened this weekend and took the top spot at the box office. Considering the time of year (the weekend just before Halloween), Puss in Boots did pretty good against the scary competition.

$34 million in ticket sales is the estimated tally for Puss in Boots. By comparison, the Shrek films opened in the $70 million dollar weekend, but those were during the summer and had more weight to the cast (no slight against Antonio Banderas.) $34 mil isn't a bad performance at all, and I expect this movie to play solid through the upcoming holiday season.

Second place is held by Paranormal Activity 3, which drops down one spot. ($18.5 million in new ticket sales,$81.3 mil total domestic gross.)

In Time is Justin Timberlake's first movie as the leading man. Andrew Niccol's sci-fi thriller debuts in third place with $12,000,000.

In its third weekend out the Footloose remake tumbles to fourth place ($5.4 million new, $38.4 mil total.)

It may star Johnny Depp but The Rum Diary didn't attract the same audience that turns out for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. $5 million and fifth place is all Depp's new drama/romance could muster in its opening weekend.

Real Steel is in sixth place ($4.7m new, $73.8m total), The Three Muskateers is in seventh spot ($3.5m new, $14.8m total) and The Ides of March is in ninth place ($2.7m new, $33.5m total.)

And finally we arrive to tenth place, or the spot where I used to find myself after taking a test in high school French class. Sony's Courageous is here, and while it netted only $1.8 million dollars this weekend at theaters, it's accumulated $27.6 million overall. That's a better result than my final mark in French.

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