Weekend box office: MEGAMIND hold on to top spot; stops UNSTOPPABLE, invades SKYLINE, outshines MORNING GLORY
Color me blue with surprise. After an unexpected box office blitz last weekend, MEGAMIND has held on to the top spot, handily stopping no less than three new wide releases. DreamWorks' latest animated adventure, featuring the voice talents of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Brad Pitt, pulled in $30 million this weekend (surely through nefarious means). The film has now made just under $90 million in two weeks in theaters. This once again proves that Pixar is not the only animation house on the block, as this year has also seen the success of other non-Pixar animated properties, such as DreamWorks' incredibly well-received HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and Universal's DESPICABLE ME.
Fun fact: did you know that DreamWorks' other other big animated film this year, SHREK FOREVER AFTER, has actually made more money than DRAGON?
This weekend did see the opening of three new wide releases to span the genres - a rom-com, a runaway train actioner, and an alien invasion thinkpiece (kidding). Tony Scott's latest man versus train opus, UNSTOPPABLE, opened in second place with $23.5 million. But what's most surprising about UNSTOPPABLE slamming into the second place station is that it did so with solid reviews. The film currently has an unbelievable 85% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I say "unbelievable," because after Scott's last train wreck of a runaway train flick, the dismal THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3, I simply didn't believe he could make a good train film. I also didn't quite understand why he'd wanted to tackle the same micro-micro-genre again, but hey, looks like I was wrong on this one. Tie me to the tracks and send a locomotive right over me.
SKYLINE and MORNING GLORY also opened this weekend, both to reviews placing them much, much lower on the cinematic totem pole than both MEGAMIND and UNSTOPPABLE. SKYLINE has been almost universally panned, but still came in at fourth place with over $11.5 million in returns. It's a different kind of trainwreck cinema. The Rachel McAdams-starring send-up of morning television, MORNING GLORY, took fifth place with over $9.5 million.
The rest of the weekend's interest is really only marked with smaller releases, including successful expansions of limited films (such as FAIR GAME and 127 HOURS) who clocked in with some tidy per-theater averages. Lena Dunham's TINY FURNITURE opened in just one theater, but made an impressive $22,450. That's the highest per-theater average, with only 127 HOURS' $20,591 average coming close. Beyond those two limited releases, other averages wavered between $1K and $7K.
What did you see in theaters this weekend? What are you looking forward to in the coming weeks, including a jam-packed Thanksgiving weekend?
Source Box Office Mojo
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