Box Office: 'Puss in Boots' pounces on 'Tower Heist' [Video]
But the animated 3-D film "Puss in Boots," which debuted in the top position last weekend, maintained a far better than projected hold at the multiplex. Ticket sales for the film dropped only an unprecedented 3% to $33 million, bringing the film's total to $75.5 million in North America, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures.
That left the Eddie Murphy-Ben Stiller comedy "Tower Heist" in second place with a soft $25.1 million. That was better than the soft $13.1 million "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" started off with. But the so-so results for "Tower Heist" may not be a good omen for Murphy, who is set to host the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony in February.
Could this weekend's results be a bellwether for the 2012 Oscar ratings? Watch this week's box office video report for more details.
Photo: A scene from "Puss in Boots." Credit: DreamWorks Animation