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Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy appear in a still from the 2011 film, Tower Heist. - Provided courtesy of Universal Pictures / David Lee

'Tower Heist' takes No. 1 spot in Friday box office

11/05/2011 by Olivia Allin

"Tower Heist" earned the top spot in Friday's box office, with last week's release, "Puss in Boots" close on its trail.

"Tower Heist" brought in an estimated $8.1 million on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter and is expected to earn up to $26 million over the weekend. Meanwhile, "Puss in Boots" earned another $7.8 million and is expected to win the weekend box office with up to $28.8 million.

"Tower Heist" follows a group of hard-working employees who, after falling victim to a wealthy business man's Ponzi scheme, conspire to rob his high-rise residence.

The movie stars Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Casey Affleck, Gabourey Sidibe, Téa Leoni and Michael Peña.

Universal had higher expectations for "Tower Heist," according to the industry magazine, they were aiming for a $30 million opening for the film, which cost $85 million to produce.

"A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" earned $5.4 million on Friday, landing in third place in the box office. The film cost $20 million to produce and is expected to earn $14 million over the weekend.

In the third installment of the stoner comedy, Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) have grown apart and started their own families. But when Kumar shows up on Harold's doorstep and inadvertently burns down his father-in-law's Christmas tree, the two set out on an another ill-advised adventure to find the perfect replacement.

Neil Patrick Harris also returns to the franchise to reprise his character Neil Patrick Harris, a drug-addicted, womanizing version of himself.

"Paranormal Activity" was fourth in Friday's box office, earning another $2.9 million on Friday. The horror flick has earned a cumulative $89.8 million since opening three weeks ago.

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried's science fiction flick was fifth in the box office, pulling in another $2.5 million.

Other openings this weekend include Channing Tatum's "The Son of No One" and "Killing Bono," which stars Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan.

Check out trailers for "Tower Heist," "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," "The Son of No One" and "Killing Bono" below.

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