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Weekend Box Office: Tower Heist, Harold & Kumar Can't Take Down Puss in Boots

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By Chris Kavan - 11/06/11 at 10:56 PM CT

It wasn't a stellar week for Stiller and Co. nor for a stoner duo as instead audiences gave an animated spin-off the most attention for the second week in a row.

Not only did Puss in Boots take the top spot, with a just a 3.1% drop in its second week, it was the smallest non-holiday drop for any film playing in over 2,500 theaters. Taking in Just over $33 million, the animated film now stands at $75.5 million. It seems that without baseball, bad weather and Halloween to contend with, the families were out in force.

The ensemble cast of Tower Heist, led by Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, had to settle for second place. The film took in $25.1 million - lower than Stiller's Starsky and Hutch ($28.1 million) and Tropic Thunder ($25.8 million) and not even as high as Murphy's The Nutty Professor ($25.4 million). With an audience that was 62% over 30, the coveted demographic was obviously drawn to other films, which, unfortunately doesn't bode well for the future.

Meanwhile, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas trailed in the third spot with $13.07 million. The third outing from the stoner duo was down slightly from Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay ($14.9 million). Plus, for those who think 3D is dead, Harold & Kumar boasted a whopping 95% of grosses from 3D screens. That's even a higher percentage than the Lion King 3D - which only had 92% when it opened. We'll see if the Christmas spirit can help the film hold up better than Guantanamo in the coming weeks.

Still holding up fairly well in its third week, Paranormal Activity 3 took in another $8.5 million in its 4th place spot. The film had the biggest drop out of any film in the top 10, with a 53% hit, but it also currently has the biggest box office total with $95.3 million. It should have no problem passing the $100 million mark - and it could even give the original Paranormal Activities' $107.9 million total a run for its money.

Rounding out the top five In Time dropped 36% and took in $7.7 million for a $24.2 million total. The film actually held up better than the Adjustment Bureau and Source Code in its second week even if its total gross is much less.

Johnny Depp can enjoy the dubious honor of having one of his lowest-grossing films in wide release as The Rum Diary dropped over 42% in its second week landing in 8th place with just $3 million for a $10.4 million total.

Next week Clint Eastwood looks to extend his Oscar streak with J. Edgar, Immortals looks for some of that 300 glory and Adam Sandler plays both Jack and Jill (and will hopefully perform better than Bucky Larson - but I have my doubts). No family films - we'll see how Puss in Boots can stand against this onslaught.


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