Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 6th, 2011

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Tower Heist opens behind Puss In Boots Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 6th, 2011

This week:

Puss in Boots steals the top spot from Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller; Harold and Kumar have a flat 3D debut and Paranormal Activity 3 continues to scare audiences.

Word of the week: Disappointment.

Puss in Boots led the way at the box office – beating the combined star wattage of Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. The animated film dropped just 10% from last week, grossing an impressive $33 million. The Shrek spin-off now has $76.6 million in the kitty, with more on the way as the holiday season approaches.

$24.6 million is quite a disappointment for director Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist, as the film was expected to steal the top spot. The Ben Stiller/Eddie Murphy film has had decent reviews (read ours), but it failed to connect with audiences. The heist caper was a tad behind Stiller’s Little Fockers, which opened to $30 million last year, that threequel went on to gross $148 million, so there is hope that the film will hold-up well over the next few weeks. Ratner hasn’t directed a film since 2007’s Rush Hour 3, which opened to $49 million, on its way to $140 million, and if audiences don’t “discover” Tower Heist then it could be the director’s lowest grossing film after… er After The Sunset.

Tower Heist was seen as something of a comeback for Eddie Murphy, a star who has had many ups and downs over his thirty year career. When Murphy hits big, he’s massive – see Beverly Hills Cop’s $234 million gross (in 1984 dollars!), however when he bombs, he’s nuclear, as can be seen with the $7 million (that’s not a typo) worldwide gross of the $100 million budgeted Pluto Nash in 2002. Tower Heist should find a nice medium.

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (read our review) debuted in third place with just $14.5 million, less than the previous 2D installment. It was hoped that the stoner comedy would open to over $16 million, but it failed to break out of its niche market. However, films like this mostly make their money on DVD – the original Harold and Kumar grossed just $18 million in 2004, so there’s a reason why we now have a second sequel. The Christmas theme could help the film have legs, so besting the $38 million final gross of Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay isn’t out of the question.

Harold Kumar opens in third place Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 6th, 2011

Paranormal Activity 3 dropped to four after bringing in another $8.5 million, giving it a gross of more than $95 million. The $5 million budgeted film has scored over $150 million worldwide.

Justin Timberlake disappointment In Time scored another $7.8 million for a $24.3 million. It’s a pretty decent hold from last weekend’s $12 million start, but it’s nothing to write home about.

Footloose danced away with another $4.8 million, for a $45 million total gross, while Hugh Jackman’s Real Steel punched up an additional $3.5 million. The total of the robot boxing film now stands at just under $79 million, and about $200 million worldwide. It’s not a disaster but it has to be seen as a disappointment as well.

Johnny Depp’s The Rum Diary brought in another $2.9 million for a $10 million cumulative gross. Depp’s last Hunter S. Thompson adaptation Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas topped out at $10 million, so this is something of an achievement. Having said that Fear and Loathing came out in 1998, when Depp was a Hollywood outcast – and it “only” cost $18.5 million, small change compared to Rum Diary’s $45 million price tag.

George Clooney’s screen adaptation of the play Farragut North; The Ides of March banked another $2 million and upped its cume to a smidgen under $37 million. Clooney’s Ocean’s 11 co-star Brad Pitt rounded out the top ten with Moneyball. The baseball film has now banked over $70 million, helped by this weekend’s $1.9 million take.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

Source: Deadline

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  1. There isn’t the pressure on Harold and Kumar as there is on a movie such as Tower Heist, because its budget is only around $19 million.

  2. After Harrison Ford and Slyvester Stallone, Eddie Murphy was probably the third biggest start of the 80s. The problem here is that much of his hits relied on his comedic personality but his brash and risque sense of humour just wont work with today’s audiences, hence the reason he went for more safer family comedies.

    Not sure why Real Steel is a disappointment. Like so many actors Hugh Jackman cannot generate massive box office on his own outside of the franchise that brought him to prominence.

    Perhaps the same could be said of Johnny Depp but his projects outside of Pirates are a lot less mainstream and he doesn’t promote heavily his solo projects, certainly not as much as Jackman did for Real Steel. Personally i think the current $200 million worldwide take is probably about right.

  3. Paranormal Activity 3′s still going strong? That amazes me how many people want to see this rip-off of the first two. It’s quite a bore in my opinion, i wathced it at trustedmoviedownloads.com/paranormal-activity-3/

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      • Lol, I’m thinkin: yes he did