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Weekend Box-Office: November 4-6, 2011

Nov. 6, 2011by:

Everyone wants more Puss!

It looks like the crazy weather really did keep many of the nation's kids inside last weekend. Either that or they were occupied with early Halloween parties, but whatever the case, they flocked to see PUSS IN BOOTS this weekend. In his second week, the suave Spanish feline made $33 million, nearly as much as the $34M opening last weekend -- a heroic feat that's almost unheard of these days.

That CG cat stole the thunder from the ambitious burglars of TOWER HEIST, who could only pocket $25 million from audiences during their debut. The comedy was expected to top the charts with at least $30 million, but ended up with a surprisingly light haul for a mainstream PG-13 movie with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy headlining.

Which leads us to ponder: what went wrong? Was I close in speculating in Friday's Box Office Predictions that people could be suffering from Occupy Wall Street exhaustion? Or was it just that the trailers didn't make the movie seem particularly funny? Have Eddie Murphy's older fans completely lost interest in him? Or do they only want to see him return to R-rated material? It should be interesting to see the reactions to him hosting the Oscars in February, especially without a recent hit under his belt.

Seems like it was too soon for a Christmas gift, regardless of whether it contained pot, profanity and/or boobs -- A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS 3D toked up just over $13 million in its opening weekend, less than HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY's $14M opening three years ago. But even with the 3D, the movie supposedly cost around $20 million to make, and will undoubtedly find an audience when it hits home release, where it can be appreciated with the appropriate "medicinal" application.

Things were pretty mellow in the rest of the top 10, with PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 surpassing the total take of PA2 and the remaining movies dividing tiny slices of the pie. Paul WS Anderson's big-budget 3D version of THE THREE MUSKETEERS disappeared off the chart (though it's made over $100M internationally), as did the low-budget drama COURAGEOUS (which has made around $30M off a reported $2M production cost).

Next weekend (hey, it's 11-11-11) delivers two Adam Sandlers (one in repugnant female form) in JACK AND JILL, while the action-fantasy IMMORTALS arrives with the exaggerated style of director Tarsem Singh, and future Superman Henry Cavill in his first big starring role before MAN OF STEEL. And Clint Eastwood's J. EDGAR with Leonardo DiCaprio hits a few theaters on Wednesday before a wide opening on Friday. Many Americans also have Friday off for Veterans Day, which could help the overall box office. Do you plan on hitting the theater to see anything? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Puss In Boots $33 M $75.5 M
2. Tower Heist $25 M
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3. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas $13.1 M
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4. Paranormal Activity 3 $8.5 M $95.3 M
5. In Time $7.7 M $24.2 M
6. Footloose $4.6 M $44.8 M
7. Real Steel $3.4 M $78.8 M
8. The Rum Diary $3 M $10.4 M
9. The Ides of March $2 M $36.8 M
10. Moneyball $1.9 M $70.3 M

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4:56AM on 11/07/2011
I am definitely seeing J. Edgar, for I am a fan of the written documents about the man himself. Although I would have enjoyed Billy Crudup resprising the role. I believe he didn't have enough time to shine as Hoover in Public Enemies.
I am definitely seeing J. Edgar, for I am a fan of the written documents about the man himself. Although I would have enjoyed Billy Crudup resprising the role. I believe he didn't have enough time to shine as Hoover in Public Enemies.
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10:52PM on 11/06/2011
That's an amazing pussy.
That's an amazing pussy.
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10:10PM on 11/06/2011

Puss in Boots

Is probably the second best animated film this year after Redline and was actually surprisingly action packed and clever. I hope all the negative feelings towards this post is only due in part of the price hike on tickets, because yeah that sucks dick and everyone should have the option to watch a movie in 2D (though I thought the 3D in Puss was pretty damn good).
Is probably the second best animated film this year after Redline and was actually surprisingly action packed and clever. I hope all the negative feelings towards this post is only due in part of the price hike on tickets, because yeah that sucks dick and everyone should have the option to watch a movie in 2D (though I thought the 3D in Puss was pretty damn good).
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1:06AM on 11/07/2011
Rango is still the best animated movie of the year. Hands down.
Rango is still the best animated movie of the year. Hands down.
1:57AM on 11/07/2011
I actually forgot about Rango there but I still find Redline to be the best animated film thus far. I have no problems though with people saying Rango is their favorite animated movie this year because I do find it to be one hell of a contender. That being said I think I still stand by saying Puss in Boots is my 2nd fav just by personal preference. No diss on Rango, I remember constantly over the summer suggesting people to view Rango.
I actually forgot about Rango there but I still find Redline to be the best animated film thus far. I have no problems though with people saying Rango is their favorite animated movie this year because I do find it to be one hell of a contender. That being said I think I still stand by saying Puss in Boots is my 2nd fav just by personal preference. No diss on Rango, I remember constantly over the summer suggesting people to view Rango.
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10:08PM on 11/06/2011
next weekend will tell if puss really has legs to fill those boots. i sure hope so...he's got an extra week before happy feet 2 now (when does tin tin come out again?)so here's hoping the good news continues. i just want this movie to beat cars 2 is all
next weekend will tell if puss really has legs to fill those boots. i sure hope so...he's got an extra week before happy feet 2 now (when does tin tin come out again?)so here's hoping the good news continues. i just want this movie to beat cars 2 is all
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10:51PM on 11/06/2011
God forbid if Cars 2 isn't a masterpiece as other Pixar films have been. Stop nitpicking and enjoy the damn flick.
God forbid if Cars 2 isn't a masterpiece as other Pixar films have been. Stop nitpicking and enjoy the damn flick.
11:18AM on 11/07/2011
No chance it beats Cars 2. The name recognition for Cars alone got it half of it's gross. I never saw it, but it looked like shit so I can only assume that it's box office total was because of it's name/franchise.
No chance it beats Cars 2. The name recognition for Cars alone got it half of it's gross. I never saw it, but it looked like shit so I can only assume that it's box office total was because of it's name/franchise.
9:19PM on 11/06/2011
No big deal really & ya never have a chance when going against a kiddie flick, you will always lose. I do wish it was 2012 already & like i said a few weeks back, so glad movies this summer are coming out on Blu ray, i'll be watching them over & over.
No big deal really & ya never have a chance when going against a kiddie flick, you will always lose. I do wish it was 2012 already & like i said a few weeks back, so glad movies this summer are coming out on Blu ray, i'll be watching them over & over.
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9:13PM on 11/06/2011
What is it with movie companies. Curious to know what the fucking hell goes through their brains when they decide to make a film then read on.

Welcome to the meeting:

"Let's start shall we"

" Hey... I have an idea.... Let's make a film".
"Go on.... I'm listening".
"I'm thinking....BIG BUDGET..... You know.... Something that could feed a small country for all eternity".
"Anyone want to add something to that"?
"Yes....you up the back".
"It has to be 3D".
"YES YES AND YES.... One
What is it with movie companies. Curious to know what the fucking hell goes through their brains when they decide to make a film then read on.

Welcome to the meeting:

"Let's start shall we"

" Hey... I have an idea.... Let's make a film".
"Go on.... I'm listening".
"I'm thinking....BIG BUDGET..... You know.... Something that could feed a small country for all eternity".
"Anyone want to add something to that"?
"Yes....you up the back".
"It has to be 3D".
"YES YES AND YES.... One yes for each D".
"Not Real D..... But post conversion 3D coz it's crappier".
"But a lot of people complain about 3D".
"So..... And your point is"?
" Well.... It hurts some viewers eyes".
"SHHH"
"Ok it's settled then.... It'll be in 3D".
" But it will add more to ticket prices".
"So..... And your point is"?
"But people can't afford to go to the movies.... Let alone see a 3D flick".
"So...... And your point is"?
" Well....Statistics show".
"SHHH..... Moving on".
"Anything else"?
"It has to have a good script".
" Ohhh fuck that.... It'll be in 3D so they won't even pay any attention to the script".
"But the people aren't stupid".
"SHHH.... Yes they are".
"Lots and lots of CGI".
"Oooh I like that Mr 3D man... That'll get everyone interested".
"But people are sick and tired of too much CGI".
"So...... And your point is"?
"Statistics have...."
"SHHH"
"Crappy photoshopped movie posters"
"Fantastic..... You're in charge".
" It's gotta have really good actors"
"Yes.... But we will pay them shitloads of cash and then they can just dial in their performance coz no one really cares about how good the acting is and besides it'll be in 3D and have lots of CGI to compensate.

"Well its nearly lunchtime.... Anybody want to add anything before we break"?
"Yes.... You up the back that came up with the 3D idea..... I like you..... You're gonna go a long way in this industry...... you visionary you".
"REMAKE..... We gotta remake an old classic......I mean....its a licence to print money.....People will lap that shit up".
"But what about......"
"SHHH"
"Who invited this guy"?
"It's settled..... Let's get to work and waste some money".
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7:49PM on 11/06/2011
It's funny how everyone is grumbling about how bad the box office was this weekend, when it's actually higher than it was last week.
It's funny how everyone is grumbling about how bad the box office was this weekend, when it's actually higher than it was last week.
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7:45PM on 11/06/2011
Wake me up when may 2012 arrives!
Wake me up when may 2012 arrives!
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7:21PM on 11/06/2011
I'm glad Tower Heist failed. I cant stand Brett Ratner, I find him arrogant and he kind of reminds me of someone I knew at school that had no friends because he thought he was cool by being loud and obnoxious. As for Harrold and Kumar, It would have made more money if it wasnt only showing in 3D. when are studios going to realize that if they are going to make a movie in 3D, also show it in 2D. Some people like myself hate 3D, and refuse to pay the extra price. I wanted to see harrold and
I'm glad Tower Heist failed. I cant stand Brett Ratner, I find him arrogant and he kind of reminds me of someone I knew at school that had no friends because he thought he was cool by being loud and obnoxious. As for Harrold and Kumar, It would have made more money if it wasnt only showing in 3D. when are studios going to realize that if they are going to make a movie in 3D, also show it in 2D. Some people like myself hate 3D, and refuse to pay the extra price. I wanted to see harrold and Kumar, but I find it annoying when they force people to see a movie in 3D. So I wont pay for it, and I am sure others wont too. So considering that it made only 13 million I find that a success, because if it was in 2D it probably would have made more.
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9:20PM on 11/06/2011
thats funny you come off as being the exact same way
thats funny you come off as being the exact same way
1:55AM on 11/07/2011
Harold and Kumar is playing in 2D...
Harold and Kumar is playing in 2D...
6:33PM on 11/06/2011
People are tired of heist movies. The same that happened with boxing flicks (except the one with robots). Some genres need to be hidden for a few years til people miss them.
People are tired of heist movies. The same that happened with boxing flicks (except the one with robots). Some genres need to be hidden for a few years til people miss them.
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9:18PM on 11/06/2011
what the fuck? seriously?

The Town, critically acclaimed and a box office HIT.

The Fighter, critically acclaimed and a box office hit.

both of those movies came out last year, so not sure how people are tired of heist movies. Besides Tower Heist isn't so much a straight heist movie as it is a comedy. And a crappy looking one at that.
what the fuck? seriously?

The Town, critically acclaimed and a box office HIT.

The Fighter, critically acclaimed and a box office hit.

both of those movies came out last year, so not sure how people are tired of heist movies. Besides Tower Heist isn't so much a straight heist movie as it is a comedy. And a crappy looking one at that.
9:24PM on 11/06/2011
lol seriously where do people come up with these, who exactly are these people that are tired of heist & boxing flicks, are you some kind of expert on what the masses perfer...i personally love a good heist movie & no i have not seen tower heist, but plan to.
lol seriously where do people come up with these, who exactly are these people that are tired of heist & boxing flicks, are you some kind of expert on what the masses perfer...i personally love a good heist movie & no i have not seen tower heist, but plan to.
6:15PM on 11/06/2011
"Tower Heist" just didn't look that interesting... period. And the rest of November looks pretty meh too. At least next month is going to be MASSIVE.
"Tower Heist" just didn't look that interesting... period. And the rest of November looks pretty meh too. At least next month is going to be MASSIVE.
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5:56PM on 11/06/2011
another weak weekend
another weak weekend
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7:44PM on 11/06/2011
Considering the top 3 movies pulled in over $70 million collectively in the first weekend of November, I'd say that it was a pretty good weekend for movie studios.
Considering the top 3 movies pulled in over $70 million collectively in the first weekend of November, I'd say that it was a pretty good weekend for movie studios.
5:14PM on 11/06/2011
Focused totally on Spring/Summer 2012 releases. Blu-ray's & DVD's till then.
Focused totally on Spring/Summer 2012 releases. Blu-ray's & DVD's till then.
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9:24PM on 11/06/2011
i agree but funny how i got thumbs down & criticized for saying the same thing a few weeks back.
i agree but funny how i got thumbs down & criticized for saying the same thing a few weeks back.
12:19PM on 11/08/2011
Dr. Frankenstein seems to be stuck on repeat.
Dr. Frankenstein seems to be stuck on repeat.
5:06PM on 11/06/2011
It has been a pretty shitty Box office lately, even with some decent films. Maybe Froggy down there has a point.
It has been a pretty shitty Box office lately, even with some decent films. Maybe Froggy down there has a point.
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10:05PM on 11/06/2011
um...or not
um...or not
5:02PM on 11/06/2011
you forgot the other option, that being some people don't have money to see ANY movies because they're on unemployment and barely able to afford rent and food, let alone entertainment.
you forgot the other option, that being some people don't have money to see ANY movies because they're on unemployment and barely able to afford rent and food, let alone entertainment.
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5:23PM on 11/06/2011
I have a full time job and can barely come up with the cash to go. It has to be a BIG film for me to see it on the big screen. Fall movies can always be seen on DVD and not lose anything.
I have a full time job and can barely come up with the cash to go. It has to be a BIG film for me to see it on the big screen. Fall movies can always be seen on DVD and not lose anything.
9:29PM on 11/06/2011
lol no i just think people are getting smarter nowadays & don't wanna pay to see crap movies, do people really think because their fav or most antcipated movie doesnt do well, its because of the freaking economy, thats media hogwash my friend.
lol no i just think people are getting smarter nowadays & don't wanna pay to see crap movies, do people really think because their fav or most antcipated movie doesnt do well, its because of the freaking economy, thats media hogwash my friend.
10:04PM on 11/06/2011
cry me a river, douche lord. are you one of these destitute people you wax poetic about? probably not
cry me a river, douche lord. are you one of these destitute people you wax poetic about? probably not
1:16AM on 11/07/2011
'douche lord'? you must be a hollywood screenwriter.

i didn't think i'd have to be defending this, but, yes, i've been unemployed for 11 months and have seen a total of 4 films theatrically this year. i'm sure you'll amuse yourself, miguelito, by imagining that one of them was 'transformers 3.' enjoy being so judgmental!
'douche lord'? you must be a hollywood screenwriter.

i didn't think i'd have to be defending this, but, yes, i've been unemployed for 11 months and have seen a total of 4 films theatrically this year. i'm sure you'll amuse yourself, miguelito, by imagining that one of them was 'transformers 3.' enjoy being so judgmental!
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