For the second week in a row, the animated family-friendly movie, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” topped the box-office with an estimated $24.6 million in ticket sales.
“Meatballs” dropped just 19% from its first weekend tally to dish up $60 million in cumulative boxoffice through its first 10 days in theaters. The pic’s tasty second-frame hold was particularly notable in light of the session’s generally bland boxoffice.
Three new wide releases met with less savory results for the final weekend of September.
Disney’s sci-fi thriller “Surrogates,” starring Bruce Willis, bowed on the lower end of pre-release expectations with $15 million in second place, while MGM’s musical “Fame” was third with a $10 million debut. “Pandorum” debuted in sixth place with just $4.4 million.
Warner Brothers’ “The Informant!” was the strongest of three second week holdovers, dipping just 34% to $6.9 million in fourth place for a $21 million since its release. Universal’s romantic drama “Love Happens” fell 46% to $4.3 million in seventh place, and Fox horror pic “Jennifer’s Body” slid 49% to $3.5 million in eighth.
The weekend top 10 marked a 4% downtick from top performers of the comparable frame last year with a collective $79 million, according to Nielsen EDI.