Puss In Boots tops US box office
The Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots has landed on all fours, opening with an estimated 34 million dollars to lead the US box office this weekend.
The DreamWorks 3-D animated film, distributed by Paramount Pictures, proved the popular character voiced by Antonio Banderas was a big enough draw outside the Shrek franchise.
The PG-rated Puss In Boots scored with family audiences on the weekend before Halloween, and also drew a large Hispanic crowd, which made up 35 percent of its audience.
Though the box office for the top 12 movies was up 7.8% from the corresponding weekend last year, it was still affected by both the unseasonable winter storm on the East Coast and the appeal of the Game 7 broadcast of baseball's World Series on Friday night. DreamWorks estimated the storm took off several million from Puss In Boots.
The new Justin Timberlake release, sci-fi thriller In Time, was down as much as 20% on Saturday in markets like New York and Philadelphia.
But the largest estimated opening didn't happen in North America. The Adventures Of Tintin opened in 19 international markets and hauled in 55.8 million dollars.
The performance-capture 3-D animated film, directed by Steven Spielberg and adapted from the beloved Belgian comic series, was especially popular in France, where its 21.5 million dollars was the largest opening for a non-sequel Hollywood film. The film opens in the US on December 21.
Paramount also claimed the weekend's second top performing movie with low-budget horror film Paranormal Activity 3 taking 18.5 million dollars in its second week of release, bringing its cumulative total to 81.3 million dollars.
The biggest disappointment was The Rum Diary, the Hunter S Thompson adaptation starring Johnny Depp. It opened weakly, earning just 5 million dollars.