Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sun shines on ‘Cloudy With Chance of Meatballs’ sequel - ( M4L4YS14 )

Animated sequel “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2″ shone at the North American box office this weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday.

The follow-up to the 2009 movie based on the eponymous children’s book about a food-making machine that spins out of control and bombards a town with meatballs took an estimated $ 35 million in its opening weekend.

The Sony Pictures Animation film knocked crime thriller “Prisoners” into second place, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The film, starring Hugh Jackman as a desperate parent in search of his child and Jake Gyllenhaal as the detective in charge of the investigation, pulled in $ 11.3 million in its second weekend, taking its total to $ 39 million.

In third place was Formula One motorsport drama “Rush,” Ron Howard’s acclaimed account of the famous duel for the 1976 world championship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, earning $ 10.3 million in its opening weekend.

Fourth spot was occupied by “Baggage Claim,” a romantic comedy about a lovelorn flight attendant who traverses America looking for Mr Right. The film debuted with $ 9.3 million.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s raunchy comedy-drama “Don Jon,” written and directed by “The Dark Knight Rises” actor, took fifth with $ 9 million in receipts. The film sees Gordon-Levitt play a porn addict who seeks to change his ways in order to win the woman of his dreams played by Scarlett Johansson.

Horror sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2″ slid to sixth place, taking $ 6.7 million. The film, starring Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson as a haunted husband and wife, is a follow-up to the successful 2010 horror flick “Insidious.”

In seventh spot was “The Family,” starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro as members of a mafia clan in witness protection living under the radar in France, earned $ 3.7 million.

Comedy-drama “Instructions Not Included,” Eugenio Derbez’s movie about a Mexican playboy who is suddenly presented with a child from a previous liaison and forced to become a father, came in eighth place, taking in $ 3.4 million.

Adult comedy “We’re The Millers,” about a bogus family attempting to smuggle drugs into the United States from Mexico, was in ninth place with $ 2.9 million.

Meanwhile, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” took in $ 2.4 million to round out the top 10. The Oscar-tipped drama, about the civil rights era as seen through the eyes of a black White House servant played by Forest Whitaker, has earned $ 110.3 million since its release.