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October 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Blame the unseasonably snowy weather in the East. Blame the World Series. Blame Halloween parties. Blame the economy. Box office analysts were doing a little of each to explain the lousy weekend that saw blah openings for three new movies and mostly insipid performances from everything else. The No. 1 film, as expected, turned out to be Paramount/DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots, but its $34-million take fell below most pundits’ predictions of $35-40 million. The soft opening pushed DreamWorks Animation’s stock down nearly 8 percent to $18.55. Twentieth Century Fox’s In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, debuted with $12 million — at the low end of predictions. But FilmDistrict’s The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp, was blotto with just $5 million — about half what it was expected to earn. The weekend before Halloween did apparently boost the fortunes of last week’s winner, Paranormal Activity 3, which slipped to second place with $18.5 million. Horror movies have been known to suffer worse drops in their second outings.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
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, $2.4 million; 10. Courageous, $1.8 million.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. Puss in Boots, $34,077,439
2. Paranormal Acdtivity 3, $18,144,516
3. In Time, $12,050,368
4. Footloose, $5,502,026
5. The Rum Diary, $5,135,369