Puss in Boots remained in first place this weekend with $33.05 million. The family-friendly entry is making up for the fact that opening during Halloween weekend kept a lot of moviegoers away from theaters last weekend. Word of mouth is very healthy thanks to an 80% approval rating from nearly 19,000 Flixster users. The Paramount release's 3% drop from last weekend represents the best non-holiday second weekend hold since Twister fell 10% during its sophomore frame in 1996. Puss in Boots should hold up well next weekend as well since newcomers Jack and Jill, Immortals and J. Edgar are not really family friendly.
Internationally, Puss in Boots grossed $15.0 million from just four foreign markets. The international total for Puss in Boots stands at $39.0 million, with Russia being responsible for $35.0 million of that total. Puss in Boots has grossed $114.5 million worldwide to date and will not roll out into more international markets until late November.
With a second place start of $24.03 million, 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.
Internationally, Tower Heist grossed $9.5 million from 23 international markets. That places the film's worldwide start at $33.5 million this weekend. Key international grosses included $2.3 million in the United Kingdom, $1.7 million in Germany and $1.6 million in Spain.
With a third place debut of $12.95 million, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas failed to top the $14.91 million debut of 2008's Harold & Kumar Escape from 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.
The Adventures of Tintin continued its international roll-out with $40.8 million this weekend. The co-release from Paramount and Sony has grossed $125.3 million so far internationally. Key grosses this weekend included a debut of $5.9 million in Russia and second weekend grosses of $7.8 million in France, $6.1 million in Spain, $3.6 million in Germany and $3.3 million in the United Kingdom. The Adventures of Tintin opens domestically on December 21.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.