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It’s always a bit of a challenge for movies that are opening on Halloween weekend. Add to that it being game 7 of the World Series on Friday, a Northeastern snow storm and it gets even harder. That being said, since kids won’t be celebrating Halloween until Monday night anyway, it makes sense that they dragged their parents out to see “Puss In Boots” this weekend. The film brought in $34 million this weekend, becoming the record holder for Halloween weekend – previously held by Lionsgate’s “Saw III“, which grossed $33.16 million in 2006.

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried‘s “In Time” did so-so this weekend, with an opening of $12 million, taking the third place spot. I think if it was any other weekend, the film would have opened with stronger numbers. With that, the film is expected to do much better next weekend when there aren’t so many distractions.

The Rum Diary“, starring Johnny Depp & Aaron Eckhart was pretty much a flop, opening with a little over $5 million this weekend. It doesn’t surprise me that this film didn’t do much better considering for one thing, I’ve seen little to no promotion for the film. The film is about a journalist (Depp) who takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper and struggles to find balance between island culture and the expatriates that live there. Sounds interesting enough, but I’ll wait until I can rent it from iTunes.

Check out the Top 10 list after the jump and see the astounding amount Paranormal Activity 3 has brought in so far…

Top 10 list after the jump…

Box Office Possessed By Paranormal Activity 3

In: Movies, Patrick

This weekend, Paranormal Activity 3 took the top spot at the box office as predicted, but it far surpassed expectations in it’s performance. The film was expected to debut with $30 million, but instead brought in an impressive $54 million this weekend. I saw the film last week and thought it was great. If you’re looking for a film to scare you pants off, watch it!

The Three Musketeers, a movie that’s already been done to death, is off to a slow start this weekend, opening with only $8.8 million and taking the fourth spot. One of the film’s stars, Milla Jovovich accused the US distributors of the film (Summit Entertainment) of making no effort promote the film. Over the weekend, the actress took to Twitter and said, “Are ‘summit’ promoting it as a family adventure movie? Or are they resting on their laurels from ‘twilight’ n making no effort? Let me know!” About an one hour later she added: “I think ‘summit’ hve swept ’3 Musketeers’, a grt family adventure film, under the rug in the US. Shame on them. SHAME ON YOU ‘SUMMIT’.”

Also opening this weekend was Johnny English Reborn, which has been a hit overseas already. Unfortunately, here in North America it had a pretty week debut with only $3.8 million. See what films made the Top 10 at the box office this weekend below.

Top 10 movies after the jump…

Real Steel & Footloose Dominate The Box Office

In: Movies, Patrick

For the second weekend in a row, Real Steel has taken the top spot at the box office in these early estimates. The futuristic “high-tech” boxing film, which stars Hugh Jackman, brought in $16.3 million this weekend. It wasn’t a total knock-out though, as the Footloose remake, which opened this weekend, was very close behind with $16.1 million. Considering how close the two films were, it could end up with Footloose on top when it all becomes official tomorrow.

A second remake opened this weekend, with The Thing opening in theatres and taking the third spot with $8.7 million. The science-fiction horror remake was actually done well, considering it’s placement at the box office and the reviews it has received. The same can’t be said for the other newcomer this weekend. The Big Year, starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black didn’t even break $5 million this weekend. Check out where it placed and how the other films in the Top 10 list this weekend. Did you see any new films this weekend?

Top 10 after the jump…

Disney’s “Real Steel,” starring the sexy Hugh Jackman is off to a great start, opening this weekend with $27.3 million. The film has received great reviews and although some of Jackman’s films outside of X-Men haven’t all been so great, this one definitely won’t fall into that category. The film, which had a budget of $110 million, is set in the future where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech. An interesting little tidbit of information is that the climactic fight scene is a virtual punch-for-punch remake of the Ivan Drago/Rocky Balboa fight from Rocky IV.

Also opening this weekend was The Ides of March, starring two of Hollywood’s leading men, George Clooney and Ryan Gosling (Between these two who’d YOU rather?). With a budget of $12.5 million (much smaller than Real Steel), the film is already almost profitable, having come in second this weekend with $10.4 million. Not the biggest number, especially for something that came second this weekend, but already better “What’s Your Number?” The comedy has only brought in a total $10.3 million, and it opened last weekend. Find out what the rest of the Top 10 films were this weekend in the list below.

Check out the Top 10 list after the jump…

This weekend, it was Dolphin Tale that took the top spot at the Box Office, ousting The Lion Kind 3D in it’s two weekend reign on top. The film brought in $14.2 million bringing it’s total to $37.5 million. The Dolphin also managed to swim ahead of four new films that opened this weekend. It seems as though family films are the ones taking over theatres the past few weeks. Also ahead of the newcomers were Moneyball with $12.5 million and The Lion King 3D with $11 million.

It was a mediocre opening for some heavily promoted films this weekend. Regardless, 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, emerged as the strongest new film this weekend with a little over $8.8 million and some pretty great reviews. Courageous, the inspirational family drama fell close behind with $8.8 million as well. The spookiest film of the bunch, Dream House, brought in $8.2 million while what arguably looked like the funniest, What’s Your Number?, came in eight with only $5.6 million.

I didn’t go to the theatres at all this weekend, but if I did, I would have definitely gone to see “What’s your Number?” I love Anna Farris! See how the rest of the films faired this weekend below.

Check out the Top 10 list after the jump…

The Lion King 3D Rules The Box Office (Again)

In: Movies, Patrick

Even though there were so many new movies that opened in theaters this weekend, The Lion King 3D remained “king of the jungle,” taking the top spot for its second weekend in a row. The film brought in another $22.1 million, bringing its total to $61.6 million so far. With such great performance in theaters, the outlook is good for the upcoming Blu-Ray release of the film on October 4th.

Four new films opened this weekend and they took the next four spots in the top 10 list. Coming in second place was the baseball movie, Moneyball starring Brad Pitt, bringing in a respectable $20.6 million. The film has had good reviews and clearly that reflected at the box office. Very close behind was Dolphin Tale at $20.3 million. This movie, starring Harry Connick Jr., is based on a true story about a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who worked together to save her life. Next up (with a huge drop to fourth) was Abduction, starring the sexy Taylor Lautner. This film, which has received really bad reviews, only brought in $11.2 million. Not too good considering they heavy promotion. I was looking forward to this movie, but I’ll likely wait until I can watch it on Apple TV now. Lastly, Killer Elite came in fifth with opening weekend numbers of $9.5 million. This action flick got mediocre ratings and I have absolutely no interest in watching it.

Find out how the rest of the films did after the jump…

The Lion King 3D Reigns At The Box Office

In: Movies, Patrick

“Hakuna matata, what a wonderful phrase! Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze It means no worries for the rest of your days…” Those song lyrics proved to be true once again for Disney’s The Lion King 3D debut at the box office this weekend. Personally, I had know idea that the film was going to do so well, but I guess it’s a classic. I pretty much know all the words to all the songs and I haven’t even seen it in years. LOL. The film brought it an impressive $29.3 million on a weekend where overall box office performance was a little, “meh” to put it bluntly.

Contagion, which kicked off last weekend to a healthy (or “unhealthy” start if you catch my drift), kept pretty strong this weekend, adding almost $14.5 million to it’s total that is now just over $44 million.

Aside from The Lion King 3D, the other new offerings didn’t do as well (but hey, that’s “The Circle of Life,” right?). Drive, a new “heist gone wrong” action film starring Ryan Gosling, was parked in third place this weekend with just over $11 million. Straw Dogs, the “everyone has a breaking point” thriller starring the sexy James Marsden and beautiful Kate Bosworth, brought in $5 million this weekend (also taking the 5th spot). I just watched the trailer for this and although some haven’t rated it the best, in my opinion it does look really good and I’m definitely going to watch it. For Sarah Jessica Parker’s “I Don’t Know How She Does It,”it was more like “…Doesn’t Do It”. The “Sex in the City with kids” film only brought in $4.5 million in it’s opening weekend. This film was available in even more locations than The Lion King 3D. Clearly the kids were dragging their mom’s to their movie, not giving her the chance to watch SJP’s flick.

Check out the top 10 list after the jump…

The Help Tops Box Office For Third Weekend In A Row

In: Music, Patrick

This weekend, The Help took it’s third “helping” of being at the top of the box office. The film added $14.2 million to it’s total, bringing it to $118.6 million. Overall though, it was a pretty weak weekend at the box office in terms of bringing in big numbers. I’m guessing a lot of people were on a long weekend getaway or a camping trip, getting their last taste of summer before heading into the fall. Also, there are just a lot of films out in wide releases in theatres right now, so I think it’s just spread a little too thin. That being said, overall August 2011 did better than August 2010, coming in at $894 million, which is up two percent over last August.

The Debt, starring Sam Worthington and Helen Mirren, opened this weekend and took the number two spot with just under $10 million. Also opening this weekend was Apollo 18 (which I really want to see) and Shark Night 3D. Apollo 18 brought in just under $9 million and didn’t get that great of reviews. Shark Night 3D was pretty much neck and neck with Apollo 18, and as for reviews, I think the name of the film says it all. Did you watch any of these films this weekend?

Check out how the rest of the films did after the jump…

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