Sony’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is sitting pretty after a dominating weekend at the box office. The sequel managed to pull in $35M this weekend in over 4000 theaters worldwide. It’s a particularly strong opening for a lesser known sequel no matter how well the original film did. The film doesn’t sport any real big name voice actors but is gorgeous to look at and has been very well reviewed. Cloudy 2 had a budget of nearly $80M, so it’s gonna take a while to make that budget back domestically – with marketing costs – but it’s another win for Sony Animation which has been going strong for the past couple of years.
*As a side note, I might be the only one that thinks Sony Animation is giving Dreamworks Animation a run for its money regarding being labeled as the bonafide number two animation film company after Pixar.
Second at this weekend’s box office was last weeks winner, Prisoners. The procedure drama starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal grossed over $11M in its second week. The early Oscar favorite has grossed over $38M domestically, having a budget of $46M. Strong box office showings for Oscar contenders usually equal Oscar favorites.
Third this weekend was the Ron Howard Formula 1 drama Rush, starring Liam Hemsworth, brought in a little over $10M but only had a budget of $38M. It’s not a particularly strong debut for a Ron Howard film, but it’s been getting worthy buzz.
Rounding out the top five at the box office this weekend was the new film Baggage Claim and the Joseph Gordon-Levitt written/directed comedy Don Jon. The film’s brought in $9.3M and $9M respectively.
Here’s the full top 10:
*Numbers in millions* (TOTALS)
1) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – $35 (NEW)
2) Prisoners – $11.2 ($38.9)
3) Rush – $10.5 (NEW)
4) Baggage Claim – $9.3 (NEW)
5) Don Jon – $9 (NEW)
6) Insidious Chapter 2 – $6.7 ($69.5)
7) The Family – $3.6 ($31.6)
8) Instructions Not Included – $3.3 ($38.5)
9) We’re the Millers – $2.8 ($142.4)
10) Lee Daniels’ The Butler – $2.4 ($110.2)
Via Box Office Mojo