Friday Report: 'Tower' Barely Steals Lead from 'Puss'
by Ray Subers
November 5, 2011
Tower Heist grabbed first place on Friday, though it was a pretty standard start for such a star-powered vehicle. On the weekend, the Ben Stiller-Eddie Murphy comedy should end up behind Puss in Boots, which held extremely well. Meanwhile, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas was unable to convert 3D premiums and holiday themes in to a new franchise high. Tower Heist scored an estimated $8.1 million from 3,367 theaters on its opening day. That's way off from Due Date ($12.2 million), which debuted on the same weekend last year. It was also a tad behind Ben Stiller movies Tropic Thunder, Starsky and Hutch and Along Came Polly, all of which started with between $8.2 and $9.5 million. Still, it's an improvement over all of director Brett Ratner's original movies besides the first Rush Hour. The movie should wind up around $24-$25 million on the weekend. Puss in Boots dipped just 18 percent to an estimated $7.8 million. That's DreamWorks Animation's third-best second Friday drop behind Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon, which can be explained in part by a soft debut last Friday due to Halloween festivities and inclement weather in the Northeast. The movie has now earned over $50 million, and will almost certainly take first place for the weekend with between $29 and $33 million.
The third entry in the Harold & Kumar series debuted to an estimated $5.44 million, which was a slight decline from Guantanamo Bay's $5.97 million. It did end up a bit ahead of recent early November Christmas movies Fred Claus and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, though it will likely be much more front-loaded than those family movies. On the weekend, Harold & Kumar will likely wind up with between $14 and $15 million. Paranormal Activity 3 claimed fourth place and fell 55 percent to $2.9 million. The movie has now made nearly $90 million, and should cross $100 million before the end of its run. In Time was off 42 percent to an estimated $2.5 million, while The Rum Diary declined 47 percent to an estimated $984,000. Their eight-day totals rested at $19 million and a poor $8.4 million, respectively.