The “Shrek” spinoff “Puss in Boots” clawed its way to the top of the domestic box office, opening with an estimated $34 million to the secure the No. 1 spot over the weekend.
The DreamWorks 3-D animated film, distributed by Paramount Pictures, proved the popular swashbuckling character voiced by Antonio Banderas was a big draw outside the “Shrek” franchise, according to the Associated Press.
The PG-rated “Puss in Boots” scored with family audiences on the weekend before Halloween and also drew a large Hispanic crowd, which made up 35 percent of its audience.
Though the box office for the top 12 movies was up 7.8 percent from the corresponding weekend last year, it was still affected by both the unseasonable winter storm on the East Coast and the appeal of the Game 7 broadcast of the World Series on Friday night. DreamWorks estimated the storm took off several million dollars from “Puss in Boots,” the AP reported.
The Justin Timberlake sci-fi thriller “In Time,” the new release over the weekend from 20th Century Fox, was down as much as 20 percent Saturday in markets like New York and Philadelphia, according to the AP.
But the largest estimated opening didn’t happen in North America. “The Adventures of Tintin,” which is being distributed overseas by Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures, opened in 19 international markets and hauled in $55.8 million.
The performance-capture 3-D animated film, directed by Steven Spielberg and adapted from the beloved Belgian comic series, was especially popular in France, where its $21.5 million was the largest opening for a non-sequel Hollywood film. The film opens in the U.S. on Dec. 21.
Paramount also claimed the weekend’s second top performing movie with the low-budget horror flick “Paranormal Activity 3.” That film took in $18.5 million in its second week of release, bringing its cumulative total to $81.3 million. Paramount’s “Footloose” was the fourth film on the weekend, adding $5.4 million for a three-week total of $38.4 million.
“In Time” opened with $12 million domestically but took in $14.5 million more overseas.
The biggest disappointment was “The Rum Diary,” the Hunter S. Thompson adaption starring Johnny Depp. It earned just $5 million, a low figure for a film headlined by Depp that cost an estimated $50 million to make, according to the AP. To read my review of “The Rum Diary,” click here.
Here are the top movies in North America over the weekend, from the AP:
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.