As expected, Halloween weekend was dominated by a sexy, Spanish-accented pussy cat. “Puss in Boots” wasn’t helped by the freakish snowstorm on the east coast that kept many people away from the movies, but it still did way better than the competition. It’s a little surprising that the studios didn’t come up with more terror-fests for the ghoulish holiday weekend—a time when people go out of their way to have the bejeesus scared out of them. “Paranormal Activity 3” was the only film in the Top Ten that satisfied that mission.
The bottom half of the Top Ten are all holdovers. At #6, “Real Steel” continued to perform (at 2,272 theaters), adding another $4.9M to its coffers. “Three Musketeers 3D” plummeted to the #7 position in its second week, earning only $3.5M (at 3,017 theaters). “Ides of March” soldiered on, moving to $8 nationwide, with another $2.7M in ticket sales (at 1,572 theaters), as did “Moneyball,” at #9 in its sixth week, adding $2.4M (on 1,631 screens) to its impressive totals. The Christian-themed “Courageous,” which was finally knocked off the Top Ten last week, is baaaaack. Its $1.8M weekend take (at only 1,134 theaters) was enough to return the film to the #10 position even though it’s still bypassing the country’s sin cities, including Los Angeles. A desired alternative for all the devilish Halloween fun?