Box Office Preview: ‘Puss’ in Loot

LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Paramount Pictures’ release of “Puss in Boots 3D” from Dreamworks Animation should easily claw its way to the top of the weekend box office chart with a $35 million debut.

The “Shrek 2” spinoff character was an obvious choice for his own movie, given the appeal and popularity of Puss as effectively voiced by actor Antonio Banderas. Also starring Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis, the PG-Rated film will be like catnip to family audiences looking for a fun romp at the multiplex.

“Paranormal Activity 3” from Paramount Pictures shocked everyone last weekend with its $52.57 million debut and it should scare up another $18 million to $20 million this Halloween weekend.

Fox’s sci-fi thriller “In Time,” starring newly-minted movie star Justin Timberlake, will likely open in third place with a gross in the low teens. Set in a world where people can pay to stop aging when they reach 25 years old, the film shows the unpleasant consequences of what happens when such an unnatural yet irresistible option is made available to the populace.

Debuting in fourth place with a likely $9 million to $12 million take will be a very inebriated Johnny Depp as Journalist Paul Kemp in Film District’s adaptation of the Hunter S. Thompson novel “The Rum Diary.” Written in 1961 but not published until 1998, the book was shepherded to the big screen by Depp, who previously appeared in another Thompson screen adaptation, 1998’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

Paramount’s “Footloose” will step into fifth place in its third weekend with a gross in the $7 million range after earning solid mid-week numbers.


Paul Dergarabedian is president of the Box Office Division of and provides box office analysis for The Associated Press.