It was all sunshine and rainbows for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at the box office over the weekend. The 3-D animated jaunt topped the charts with an estimated $30.1 million, a number that nearly tripled second place finisher—and fellow newcomer—The Informant! Sadly, it was stormy weather for the other freshman entries: Love Happens landed in fourth place with $8.4 million, while Jennifer’s Body collapsed in fifth, with just $6.8 million. As we do each Monday, here’s a breakdown of the top five at the box office.
1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: $30.1 million ($30.1 million total)
Score another win for the third dimension. Nearly $18 million of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ $30.1 million gross came from 3-D showings, proving once again that when it comes to animation and horror, audiences like it when things fly at their faces. While this opening pales in comparison to other 3-D extravaganzas like Up and Monsters vs. Aliens, Meatballs did manage to score the biggest September opening weekend for an animated film in Hollywood history. How’s that for a mouthful?
2. The Informant!: $10.5 million ($10.5 million total)
While we won’t go so far as to say that Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal was right to pull Steven Soderbergh off Moneyball, maybe she wasn’t as wrong as we thought. That The Informant! could only get an opening just slightly higher than what The Soloist pulled down in March qualifies it as disappointing. Think of it this way: State of Play and Duplicity, two adult oriented dramas that were seen as box office pariahs, both opened with roughly $4 million more than this. Mr. Soderbergh needs another Ocean’s movie, post-haste.
3. Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself: $10 million ($37.9 million total)
The Tyler Perry machine keeps rolling along. I Can Do Bad All By Myself dipped a to be expected 57 percent from last weekend’s number one bow and is now up to $37.9 million domestic. At this rate, the Taraji P. Henson-starrer has an outside chance of becoming the third highest grossing film of Mr. Perry’s career, behind only Madea Goes to Jail and Madea’s Family Reunion. However since this one doesn’t have “Madea” in the title, we wouldn’t get our hopes up.
4. Love Happens: $8.4 million ($8.4 million total)
To put into perspective just how limp this opening is, remember that the atrocious All About Steve scored $11 million during its first salvo. Still, the bomb that is Love Happens reminds us that Jennifer Aniston has actually become a real movie star. This is her worst wide release opener since Rumor Has It, and breaks a streak of three straight first place launches. Who says you can’t make the jump from television to movies?
5. Jennifer’s Body: $6.8 million ($6.8 million total)
Expected to gross somewhere in the teens, Jennifer’s Body could barely hold off the second weekend of 9 ($5.4 million/$22.7 million total) as it crashed into fifth place with just $6.8 million. The horror-comedy-satire calls into question the careers of two of Hollywood’s most outspoken females. For writer Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody (yep, that happened), perhaps this can be chalked up to a sophomore slump. As for star Megan Fox, this failure is a bit more serious. She was front and center in the marketing of Jennifer’s Body and audiences clearly rejected her. We’re guessing Transformers 3 and another chance to work with Michael Bay looks a lot better to her right about now.
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