CGI Rules Box Offices Worldwide with <i>Puss in Boots</i> and <i>Tintin</i>

Even with Halloween parties and bad weather on the East Coast, the weekend still proved very lucrative for animated features both in the United States and abroad.

DreamWorks Animation's Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots grossed $33.6 million, beating out Johnny Depp's latest Hunter S. Thompson adaptation The Rum Diary and the sci-fi thriller In Time for the top spot at the box office. The Hollywood Reporter notes Puss in Boots' haul is the highest ever for a Halloween weekend, beating out the previous champion, 2007's Saw III.

Across the pond in Europe, another CGI movie made a big splash: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn raked in $55.8 million in 19 foreign markets.

Based on the strips of Belgian cartoonist Herge, the film was produced by Peter Jackson, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. It earned the top spot in 17 of those countries and will open in the United State on Dec. 21. Considering most Americans haven't heard of Tintin, it will be interesting to see how the movie opens against The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

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