The Shrek spinoff sets Halloween record.
Halloween parties, candy hangovers and unexpected blizzards couldn't stop Puss in Boots in its tracks. The Shrek spinoff, starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, scored a Halloween weekend record with an estimated $34 million in ticket sales, stomping all over the $33.6 million Saw III pulled in back in 2006.
The weekend's other two wide releases, In Time and The Rum Diary, didn't fare as well. The Justin Timberlake sci-fi thriller flopped in at third place with $12 million, while Johnny Depp's Rum Diary, one of his rare roles that doesn't involve animation or a wacky costume, arrived DOA at $5 million. Depp might need to hit the bottle to take the sting out of that one.
Holiday-appropriate Paranormal Activity 3 proved people can't get too much of a good scare by landing at No. 2, with $18.5 million in box office sales.
Next week: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas kicks off the holiday movie season, and Eddie Murphy (finally!) makes his foul-mouthed, live-action, big-screen comeback in Tower Heist.