Box Office Barometer 11-7-11: Looking For A New Hope


Things aren’t looking too good for the movie industry.  The box office is in its fourth month of modest returns, and two surefire newcomers are now more uncertainwater disappointments.  Universal brought in the Rush Hour director to make a Rush Hour (bi-racial buddy) recession movie.  The ironic outcome of its underperformance is that either people aren’t going to the movies during the recession (unlike the Great Depression), or people don’t want to watch movies about the recession.  While that answer might be up for debate, let us not forget how much we hate Brett Ratner.

Puss In Boots is the only family-related fair, so there’s no surprise in it’s dominance.

When it comes to cult movies, does that mean that people don’t see it, but go on to buy the DVDs?  Or does that mean that people just steal it these days, because A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas only made $13 million.

It looks like our beacon of hope will come in the form of two cross-dressers next week: J. Edger and Jack and Jill.

Box Office Results [from Deadline]

1. Puss In Boots 3D (DreamWorks Anim/Paramount) Week 2 [3,963 Theaters]

Friday $7.8M, Saturday $15.3M, Weekend $34M (-10%), Cume $76.5M

2. Tower Heist (Universal) NEW [3,367 Theaters]

Friday $8.1M, Saturday $10.5M, Weekend $24.6M

3. Harold And Kumar 3D Christmas (NL/Warner Bros) NEW [2,875 theaters]

Friday $5.5M, Saturday $4.7M, Weekend $13M

4. Paranormal Activity 3 (Paramount) Week 3 [3,286 Theaters]

Friday $2.9M, Saturday $3.7M, Weekend $8.5M, Cume $95.3M

5. In Time (Twentieth Century Fox) Week 2 [3,127 Theaters]

Friday $2.5M, Saturday $3.2M, Weekend $7.8M, Cume $24.3M

6. Footloose (Paramount) Week 4 [2,811 Theaters]

Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2.1M, Weekend $4.8M, Cume $45M

7. Real Steel (DreamWorks/Disney) Week 5 [2,438 Theaters]

Friday $925K, Saturday $1.6M, Weekend $3.5M, Cume $78.8M

8. The Rum Diary (FilmDistrict) Week 2 [2,292 Theaters]

Friday $980K, Saturday $1.1M, Weekend $2.9M, Cume $10.3M

9. Ides Of March (Sony) Week 5 [1,391 Theaters]

Friday $600K, Saturday $925K, Weekend $2M, Cume $36.8M

10. Moneyball (Sony) Week 7 [1,278 Theaters]

Friday $575K, Saturday $875K, Weekend $1.9M, Cume $70.3M

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