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Double Helping of MEATBALLS

Sony Wins Box Office Again with Meatballs.

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 27, 2009


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs(2009).
© Sony Pictures

 

With audiences not biting on any of this weekend’s releases, they chose to order a second dose of meatballs. It’s been a lousy September for genre releases and the last weekend was no different, with Sony Pictures’ animated adventure, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, serving up another $24.6 million in its second consecutive victory at the box office. The PG film is showing on 3,119 theaters in the states so it came in with a respectable audience average of $7,887 per showing. With a budget set at $100 mil, the film has a domestic tally of $60.3 million after its first ten days of release.
Buena Vista followed in 2nd place with their sci-fi action flick, Surrogates. The Bruce Willis vehicle debuted in 2,951 theaters over the weekend and found an estimated $15.0 million as a result. This has it coming in with an average of $5,083 per showing. No budget has been listed.
With MGM’s recent troubling news on the financial front, the studio unleashed a remake of Fame this weekend and found their film debuting in 3rd place. The musical drama was introduced into 3,096 theaters and managed to find only an estimated $10.0 million in sales. It may not be a terrible debut for a film costing only $25 mil to produce but it’s also not exactly a hit for a studio looking to increase confidence in their bondholders.
Warner Bros. dropped two slots to 4th place with their Matt Damon flick, The Informant! The film earned another $6.9 million to increase their domestic cume to $20.9 million since opening last weekend. They’re just short of their $22 mil price tag so the studio is in good shape here.
Lionsgate and Tyler Perry also continue making a decent team with their latest release, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, taking in another $4.7 million in 5th place. With the film’s first three weekends in the bag, the release has a domestic gross of $44.5 million. No budget is listed but Perry tends to keep his production costs low.
 

Rank
Movie
Weekend
Theaters
Average
Total
Budget
1
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
$24.6 mil
3,119
$7,887
$60.3 mil
$100
2
Surrogates
$15.0 mil
2,951
$5,083
$15.0 mil
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3
Fame
$10.0 mil
3,096
$3,241
$10.0 mil
$25
4
The Informant!
$6.9 mil
2,505
$2,760
$20.9 mil
$22
5
Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself
$4.7 mil
2,120
$2,241
$44.5 mil
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6
Pandorum
$4.4 mil
2,506
$1,759
$4.4 mil
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7
Love Happens
$4.3 mil
1,898
$2,280
$14.7 mil
$18
8
Jennifer’s Body
$3.5 mil
2,738
$1,278
$12.3 mil
$16
9
9
$2.8 mil
2,025
$1,399
$27.1 mil
$30
10
Inglourious Basterds
$2.7 mil
1,960
$1,389
$114.4 mil
$70

 
Could Sony Pictures continue their win streak? With the studio coming up victorious the last two weekends by attracting the family audience, they’re now ready to unleash their zombie comedy, Zombieland.
When it comes to the zombie genre, films aren’t exactly targeted towards mass appeal at the box office. Within that genre’s statistics, the highest grossing zombie film is also the one with the best opener of all time. That would be Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake, Dawn of the Dead, which opened up in March 2004 to the tune of $26.7 million. It would go on to take in $59.0 million in theaters, also the best grossing zombie film of all-time.
Can Zombieland top both those scores? For the opening score the film must contend against quite a few key demographics, the biggest being the family-friendly 3-D rereleases of Toy Story and Toy Story 2.
 
Friday October 2, 2009 Releases:
Wide
Zombieland (2,900+)
Whip It (2,100)
The Invention of Lying (1,700)
Toy Story 3-D (1,600)
Toy Story 2 3-D (1,600)
Limited
More Than a Game
A Serious Man
Afterschool

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StarlightGuard 9/27/2009 2:58:46 PM

so will the Toy Story movies be 3-D through and through, or for just certain sequences?

imagine, if you will, the Barbie party sequence in 3-D...well I was going for a Twilight Zone gag there but it just died

need to see Meatballs....not gonna bother with the 3-D movies....

rocker0486 9/27/2009 3:01:28 PM

I need to check out Surrogates. I haven't really heard much of it but it does catch my attention and reminds me of I Robot.

myklspader 9/27/2009 3:47:09 PM

 Got a chance to catch both “Pandorum” and “Jennifer's Body” and neither was that bad. The only gripe with “Pandorum” is if they would have left out the cheesy action portions and upped the thriller portion I think they would have a better flick. “Jennifer's Body” was not as bad as I would have thought or read (and I read some reviews saying how they couldn't understand what was going on, thought it was pretty easy to follow). I don't know why the movie is getting such a bad rap… I guess maybe some people hold Fox responsible for the sh*t that is “Transformers 2” or people are sick of her overexposure. Diablo Cody is not the best writer ever (although everyone else who saw “Juno” would tell you this) but all-in-all her writing for this horror movie was a bit fresher and unlike the typical horror movie dialogue… so that was a nice change of pace. The flick did run I think maybe 10 minutes longer than it should have but not bad for a matinee showing.

Wiseguy 9/27/2009 3:49:03 PM

Didn't see anything this weekend due to my dog being in pretty bad condition. Had to play nurse between hospital visits and wouldn't have enjoyed anything much anyway

BTW, how about Roman Polanski being arrested in Switzerland and may finally have to pay for his crimes if extradicted. When you're a fugitive you should know better than to leave the pussy ass country that's harboring you, France of course

Chopsaki 9/27/2009 4:51:34 PM

Help me Zombieland Kenobi your my only hope...

wessmith1966 9/27/2009 5:50:02 PM

 Surrogates was blah, and I don't know if was just the character he played, but Willis seemed to just walk through this movie. I can't say i was disappointed, because I didn't see much I liked from the trailers.

I'm looking forward to Zombieland, because it looks funny. The kids (and me too for that matter) are excited to see the Toy Story movies on the big screen in 3D. I know Ricky Gervais (if that's how his named is spelled...I'm not sure) is funny in the UK version of the office, but I saw his HBO standup show and the movie Ghost Town and he wasn't funny in either of them. Is he a one-trick pony, or better off as a writer and not a performer?

My girlfriend wants to see Whip It, but I think she's doing a girls' night out so I'm off the hook for that one. I do remember watching roller derby on TV with my grandfather when I was a kid. I loved watching them fly over the rails, or hit the rail and spin around it before falling on their butts.

Is it just me, or is this proving to be a somewhat lackluster year...overall...for movies? I know there have been some bright spots, but over all it's been a blah year.

Clownican 9/27/2009 6:27:50 PM

I think Surrogates successfully put the last nail into Bruce Willis' acting career's coffin. So what good action stars do we have left? I know Bruce is getting up there in the years but he still looks good for his age. He could have easily pulled off another Die Hard movie.

To be honest though Surrogates could have done well in the Spring. Look at all the mediocre movies that came out in the Spring the past few years that did really well. Fast & Furious? WTF Wild Hogs? an even bigger WTF... Surrogates is 10x better than both those movies,

Well, maybe he can get a role in the next Tarantino flick and re-ignite his carreer the way Tarantino did for Travolta in Pulp Fiction.

Also it doesnt help that alot of this film's aimed audience was at home playing Halo: ODST this weekend. I'm a huge Bruce Willis fan but I stayed at home to play Halo. Maybe I'll see during the week.

evilbeagle 9/27/2009 7:34:31 PM

Not surprised about Meatballs.  It was a good family film with laughs for everybody.  The two sci-fi films don't sound too bad, but they seem to be better fits for home theater viewing.

Zombieland looks pretty funny, but it's hard to figure whether it will open well or not.  I don't see the Toy Story films doing that well.  By now anyone with children has seen it over 50 times, and the 3D would have to be earth shattering to convince me to drop over $50 bucks at the movies to take the family.

evilbeagle 9/27/2009 7:35:39 PM

Not surprised about Meatballs.  It was a good family film with laughs for everybody.  The two sci-fi films don't sound too bad, but they seem to be better fits for home theater viewing.

Zombieland looks pretty funny, but it's hard to figure whether it will open well or not.  I don't see the Toy Story films doing that well.  By now anyone with children has seen it over 50 times, and the 3D would have to be earth shattering to convince me to drop over $50 bucks at the movies to take the family.

Dazzler 9/28/2009 4:29:56 AM

Pandorum is worth watching once.  Pretty much what the ad's said it was going to be.  Nothing breakthrough here but for sci-fi fans it is worth it. 

Surrogates is really good.  Good story with good fx.  Nice cast in this also.  Action is good also.  Fans of Bruce will not be let down for this. 

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