As expected, Puss In Boots shot to the top of the US box office, taking a Halloween record of $34.0 million. That may be the best the scary holiday has ever managed, but it’s not particularly stunning for Dreamworks Animation, especially as this is a spin-off from the Shrek franchise.
It’s significantly less that any of the Shrek movies (even the first in that franchise started with a $40 million+ weekend). Likewise, more recent efforts like How To Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2 have also started well over $40 million, so this is likely to be seen as a bit of a dispappointment, especially considering it had pretty strong reviews. Dreamworks Animation will be hoping that that the film has legs over the coming weeks and will stay in cinemas at least long enough to get a boost over the forthcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
There were two other entries in the top 10, with the Justin Timberlake sci-fi thriller In Time coming in at number three with $12.0 million and Johnny Depp’s The Rum Diary in fifth spot with $5.01 million. While not a great start for In Time, it wasn’t a particularly expensive movie to make, so the makers probably won’t be crying too much. However the presence of Depp alone should have dragged more people to The Rum Diary, but probably due to the fact the it’s been difficult to tell from the marketing exactly what sort of movie it is, seems to have turned people off.
Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of October 28th-30th.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Gross (millions)||Total Gross to date (millions)|
|1||Puss In Boots||$34,0||$34.0|
|2||Paranormal Activity 3||$18.5||$81.3|
|5||The Rum Diary||$5.01||$5.01|
|7||The Three Musketeers||$3.5||$14.8|
|8||The Ides Of March||$2.7||$33.5|
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