411's Box Office Report: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Takes #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.29.2013
While Rush hits the #3 spot...
It was all about Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 at the box office this weekend. The Sony CGI-animated sequel opened with $35 million to easily claim the #1 spot. The film topped the $30.3 million that the first film opened to in 2009 and earned an A- CinemaScore, which should mean that it will have the kinds of easy drops typical of the genre in subsequent weeks. The movie averaged $8,748 from 4,001 theaters and will likely have no problem making back the $78 million budget, especially when it gets overseas.
Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal's crime thriller Prisoners dropped a spot to #2 with $11.3 million to make way for Cloudy The film fell about 45% which is in the proper range for its genre. It has now grossed $39 million domestically and $40.2 million worldwide on a budget of $46 million.
Hitting #3 in its first weekend of wide release is Ron Howard's Rush, which brought in $10.3 million dollars. That number is below the mid-teens that Universal was hoping for but the A- CinemaScore should work in its favor, along with stellar reviews. The period racing drama that stars Chris Hemsworth averaged $4,490 from 2,297 theaters; it now has a domestic total of $10.6 million and a worldwide total of $23.7 million with a budget of $38 million.
Opening at #4 this weekend was Baggage Claim with $9.3 million. The ensemble romcom opened right around expectations, averaging $4,588 from 2,027 and likewise earning an A- CinemaScore. The film, which stars Paula Patton and Derek Luke, will have no problem making back its $8.5 million budget.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, Don Jon, opened at #5 with $9 million. The film was a little lower than expected; it was pegged for around the $10 - 12 million range considering the star power of Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson. The movie averaged $3,716 from 2,422 theaters and a C+ CinemaScore won't help grosses much. However the budget was just $6 million so the film will still be an easy success.
Insidious Part 2 dropped four spots to #6 this weekend with $6.7 million in its third week. The horror sequel has a domestic gross of $69.5 million and a worldwide gross of $78.8 million from a budget of just $5 million.
Coming in at #7--also down four spots--was The Family. The Robert DeNiro/Michelle Pfeiffer dark comedy garnered $3.7 million in its third weekend and has grossed $31.7 million on a budget of $30 million.
Spanish film Instructions Not Included was down four to #8 in its fifth weekend. The fish-out-of-water comedy brought in $3.4 million; it now has a $38.6 million domestic gross and a $50.1 million worldwide gross from a budget of $5 million.
Down three to #9 in its seventh weekend was We're the Millers, which grossed $2.9 million. The movie has now grossed $142.4 million domestically and $226.9 million worldwide from a budget of $37 million.
Lee Daniels' The Butler dropped three spots, ending at #10 in its seventh weekend with $2.4 million. The ensemble film has now grossed $110.3 million domestically and $116.5 million worldwide from a budget of just $30 million.
The weekend box office tally was $107.6 million, down 10% from last year's take of $119.3 million that was led by Hotel Transylvania's opening haul of $42.5 million.
Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.
BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 - $35 million ($35 million total)
2. Prisoners - $11.3 million ($39 million total)
3. Rush - $10.3 million ($10.6 million total)
4. Baggage Claim - $9.3 million ($9.3 million total)
5. Don Jon - $9 million ($9 million total)
6. Insidious Part 2 - $6.7 million ($69.5 million total)
7. The Family - $3.7 million ($31.7 million total)
8. Instructions Not Included - $3.4 million ($38.6 million total)
9. We're the Millers - $2.9 million ($142.4 million total)
10. Lee Daniels' The Butler - $2.4 million ($110.3 million total)