For the second week in a row, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs garnered the top spot on the weekend box office with around $24 million. The film only dropped about 19% from last week’s total, which is very good by industry standards. Historically, this indicates good word of mouth, and bodes well for staying power at the box office.
Bruce Willis’s sci-fi action romp Surrogates didn’t fare as well as expectations, grossing around $15 million. With a reported budget of around $80 million, Surrogates looks like it will be a disappointment for Disney’s Touchstone label. In third place was MGM’s remake of Fame. Seems the likable cast wasn’t enough to get people in the seats this weekend.
Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant! came in fourth with almost $7 million. In just two weeks it has almost recouped its $22 million budget, good news for Warner Brothers. Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself scooped up $4.75 million for fifth place.
The new horror/sci-fi release Pandorum made a dismal $4.4 million. Maybe the studio should have pre-screened the movie for critics after all. At least people would have been aware it was out there. The next three in the top ten are all considered disappointments, but if you look at what their total gross is versus their budgets, that is hardly the case.
Love Happens (weekend gross $4.3 million, total gross $14.7, budget $18 million); Jennifer’s Body (weekend $3.5 million, total $ 12.3 million, budget $16 million) and 9 (weekend $2.8 million, total $27 million, budget $30 million) all look like they are going to be profitable, due to their smaller budgets. Inglourious Basterds ($2.7 million) rounded out the top ten.
Until next week, there is your weekend breakdown.