Puss in Boots stomps to top spot
Puss In Boots has pounced to the top of the US box office list - beating Tower Heist and Harold And Kumar.
The DreamWorks 3D animated film, distributed by Paramount Pictures, earned 33 million dollars in its second weekend, according to studio estimates. The PG-rated film centring on the swashbuckling feline voiced by Antonio Banderas from the Shrek series surprisingly toppled the weekend's two new releases, bringing its total haul to 75 million.
Universal's PG-13 revenge romp Tower Heist starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy snatched 25.1 million dollars in the number two spot, while the Warner Bros R-rated sequel A Very Harold And Kumar 3D Christmas with John Cho and Kal Penn unwrapped 13 million at number three.
Anne Globe, head of worldwide marketing and consumer products at DreamWorks, said the decision to move up the opening of Puss In Boots to last weekend is one reason why the film experienced just a three per cent drop, the smallest ever for a non-holiday film.
"To be number one again is really extraordinary," said Globe. "It's really an unparalleled hold driven by our two-weekend release strategy, which was pretty unprecedented in and of itself."
Another animated film dominated outside of North America. The Adventures Of Tintin, which is being distributed overseas by Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures, scooped up 40.8 million dollars as it grew from 19 to 45 international markets.
The 20th Century Fox science-fiction thriller In Time, starring Justin Timberlake, fell to number five in US after opening at number three last weekend. In Time clocked better numbers overseas, earning 16.6 million dollars in 53 markets for a second-place finish behind The Adventures Of Tintin, while Puss in Boots scratched out third place with 15 million in five international markets.