“Tower Heist” Will Steal First Place at the Box Office

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  • Paramount Pictures’ Dreamworks Animation release of “Puss in Boots” in 3-D had a solid $34 million debut last weekend and has maintained its first place status in the mid-week derby. A modest second weekend drop should give the animated swashbuckling feline a second place finish in the low $20 million range. The film should cross the $60 million mark by Sunday night.

    The first holiday-themed movie of the season should get “high” marks from the college aged crowd as “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” gets set to light up the Christmas tree with around $15 million. This is the third film in the franchise and features John Cho and Kal Penn in the title roles and Neil Patrick Harris playing once again a fictionalized version of himself.

  • Fox’s sci-fi thriller “In Time” debuted in third place but has been holding steady in second place mid-week and should take another $7 million to $8 million in this, its second weekend. Starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried the film will cross the $20 million mark by Sunday night after 10 days of release.

    Paranormal Activity 3” should round out the top 5 with a $6 million to $7 million in its third weekend of release. Despite a steep second weekend drop the horror phenomenon is a huge profit center for Paramount and will have scared up over $90 million in total domestic revenue by close of business on Sunday.

  • This was another sweet Hollywood.com Weekend Box-Office Preview by Paul Dergarabedian