Despite a couple of big weekends, overall box office was down by over 10% in October. That means that November has to be a blockbuster for this year to have a chance of breaking even. Too bad it’s not going to get a lot of support from its first batch of new releases. Tower Heist debuted at number one with an estimated $8.1 million from 3,367 locations. While not bad, it’s also not the overwhelming win that Universal was looking for from their all-star ensemble. Even worse, the comedy has a good chance of losing its number one stats to Puss In Boots by Sunday. Last weekend’s number one film may have been held back by that freak East Coast snow storm; meaning the family film could experience a better than expected hold and a second weekend leading the box office. Finally, a 3D price premium did not do much for the latest Harold and Kumar comedy. A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas took in an estimated $5.4 from its 2,875 locations and is expected to end the weekend with around $15 million: or roughly the equivalent of what Harold and Kumar 2 earned for its own two dimensional debut in 2008. We’ll have details and analysis tomorrow.
|2||Puss In Boots||$7,800,000||$50.2|
|3||Harold and Kumar 3D||$5,400,000||$5.4|
|4||Paranormal Activity 3||$2,900,000||$89.6|