Puss In Boots managed $7.8 million on Friday and a whopping $15.1 million on Saturday—a staggering 93.6% day-to-day increase. The family-friendly entry is making up for the fact that opening during Halloween weekend kept a lot of moviegoers away from theaters. Word of mouth is very healthy thanks to a 80% approval rating from nearly 19,000 Flixster users. The Paramount release's 3% drop from last weekend represents the best non-holiday hold since Twister fell 10% during its sophomore frame in 1996. Puss should hold up well next weekend as well since newcomers Jack and Jill, Immortals and J. Edgar are not really family-friendly.
Tower Heist is off to a disappointing start for a film that boasts the combined star power of Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. Even though the Universal release provides a comedic take on economic crooks, it seems as though a lot mainstream moviegoers are simply not interested in dealing with anything to do with the poor economy. Word of mouth is mixed at best: an overall B rating from CinemaScore looks impressive, but a 66% approval rating from more than 10,200 Flixster users does not. Universal reports that 56% of the audience is female, and 62% is over 30.
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas failed to top the $14.6 million debut of 2008's Harold & Kumar Escape Guantanamo Bay. That's a disappointing fact considering that Christmas has the advantage of being in 3D. The silver lining is that an 82% approval rating from more than 15,500 Flixster users indicates that fans of the franchise are pleased.
Domestic comparison data:
Jan. 1 to Nov. 6, 2011: $8,581,390,000*
Jan. 1 to Nov. 6, 2010: $8,937,352,000
Total Decrease: $355,962,000, -4%*
Nov. 1 to Nov. 6, 2011: $124,539,000*
Nov. 1 to Nov. 6, 2010: $149,716,000
Total Decrease: $25,177,000, 16.8%*
Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, 2011: $114,000,000*
Nov. 5 to Nov. 7, 2010: $152,426,000
Total Decrease: $38,426,000, 25.2%*