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November 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Puss in Boots turned out to be something of a cat burglar over the weekend as the Paramount/DreamWorks Animation 3D feature stole the No. 1 spot away from Tower Heist, which most pundits predicted would be a blowout winner. According to studio estimates, Puss nabbed $33 million in its second weekend, down just 3 percent from last week when it opened with $34 million. That slight drop sent analysts to their record books to search for any other movie that has held up that well in its second week. The only thing that came close during a non-holiday weekend, they discovered, was a 10-percent fall-off for Twister in 1996. The result could boost shares of DreamWorks Animation when the market opens on Monday. They fell precipitously last week when Puss opened soft, largely due to an unseasonable snowstorm in the Northeast, it was surmised. Meanwhile, Tower Heist and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, the only two films to debut over the weekend, each disappointed, coming in at the low end of analysts’ predictions, Heist with $25.1 million, Harold & Kumar with $13.1 million. And with every other movie on the top-ten list posting single-digit results, the overall box office fell a whopping 24 percent below the comparable weekend a year ago, when Megamind opened with $46 million. (By comparison, it dropped 37 percent in its second weekend to $29 million.)

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo: 1. Puss in Boots, $33 million; 2. Tower Heist, $25.1 million; 3. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, $25.1 million; 4. Paranormal Activity 3, $8.5 million; 5. In Time, $7.7 million; 6. Footloose, $4.5 million; 7. Real Steel, $3.4 million; 8. The Rum Diary, $2.9 million; 9. The Ides of March, $2 million; 10. Moneyball, $1.9 million.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. Puss in Boots, $33,054,644
2. Tower Heist, $24,025,190
3. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, $12,954,142
4. Paranormal Activity 3, $8,333,691
5. In Time, $7,481,592