“Puss in Boots” steals second box office crown

Puss in Boots“Puss in Boots” snatched the domestic box office title from a band of working-class thieves in the new Eddie Murphy action-comedy “Tower Heist,” studio estimates released on Sunday showed.

“Puss in Boots,” an animated spinoff from the blockbuster “Shrek” movies, nabbed an estimated $48 million in global ticket sales during its second weekend in theaters.

That included an unexpectedly strong $33 million from U.S. and Canadian theaters, putting the 3D family film in first place domestically for the second week in a row.

This week’s win came as a surprise as industry watchers had forecast “Tower Heist” would steal the show. Domestic sales for “Puss” dropped just 3 percent from last week, far less than the typical decline of at least 40 percent after a debut weekend.

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