What box-office slump
? Fresh off the record-setting opening weekend of 'Paranormal Activity 3,' audiences are set to come out in droves for 'Puss in Boots.' How much will the finicky cat make over the weekend? Lots! Your weekend movie preview is here.

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'Puss in Boots'
What's the story: Because the 'Shrek' franchise has sauntered off into the sunset, here comes Puss in Boots to lead 'Puss in Boots,' a prequel about how the swashbuckling cat became pals with Shrek and company. Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis and Billy Bob Thornton provide voices.

Box-office projection: With box-office figures becoming bullish in the wake of 'Paranormal Activity 3,' all signs point to a massive opening for 'Puss in Boots.' Just how massive? Well, consider that not only is the film in 3D (and on IMAX screens), but also the first new new animated feature to hit theaters since 'Cars 2' over the summer. Considering that 'The Lion King 3D' managed to earn open with almost $30 million at the box office during the dead weeks of September, doesn't it feel like 'Puss in Boots' could be a kiddie juggernaut? Projections have the film hitting around $35 million over the three-day weekend, but take the over on that number with confidence. $44.7 million



[Showtimes & Tickets | Mr. Moviefone's Six-Second Review]



'In Time'
What's the story: Set in a future where people stop aging at 25 and time has replaced currency, 'In Time' follows Will Salas (Justin Timberlake), a former time pauper accused of murder who goes on the lam with the daughter (Amanda Seyfried) of a very powerful businessman (Vincent Kartheiser).

Box-office projection: What will 'In Time' have in common with 'The Three Musketeers' and 'The Thing'? Certainly not reviews ('In Time' has gotten some glowing critical response), but similar opening weekends. The buzz on the Andrew Niccol-directed film is small, and while Justin Timberlake is one of the most famous men in America, he's still able to guarantee an opening weekend. 'In Time' is his first action role, and he's surrounded by a cast of young up-and-comers, but let's not expect too many miracles here. $9.1 million



[Showtimes & Tickets | Mr. Moviefone's Six-Second Review]



'The Rum Diary'
What's the story: Johnny Depp stars as Paul Kemp, an American journalist in Puerto Rico who loves booze and uncovering shady land deals. Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson.

Box-office projection: Everyone loves 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' now, but it was a financial disaster upon release in 1998; the film earned just $3 million on opening weekend and $10 million overall. That's a far cry from Depp's decade of blockbusters ('Pirates of the Caribbean,' 'Alice in Wonderland,' 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'), but expecting 'The Rum Diary' to float along on those big films is a mistake. Not only is 'Rum Diary' arriving on a little over 2000 screens, but audience interest isn't that high. (The R-rating doesn't help either.) Depp is money -- one of the few actual movie stars left -- but don't forget that neither him nor Angelina Jolie could make 'The Tourist' work. 'The Rum Diary' could be like that film, albeit with much lower stakes. $6.9 million



[Showtimes & Tickets | Mr. Moviefone's Six-Second Review]




LIMITED RELEASES

Out in just about 250 theaters, Roland Emmerich's 'Anonymous' posits that William Shakespeare didn't actually write the plays attributed to William Shakespeare. Scandalous! Also in limited release, Anton Yelchin and your new favorite crush, Felicity Jones, star in the indie romance 'Like Crazy.' Both Jones and the film won awards at Sundance when 'Like Crazy' debuted earlier this year.

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