Box Office: ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2’ Devours Competition

By Will Ashton

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As anticipated, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 was this week’s winner at the box office, opening with $35 million.

Considering the first’s $30.3 debut, this is a step up, but not quite the numbers that some people were expecting. It didn’t make the same bank as last year’s Hotel Transylvania, which got $42.5 million in its opening. But, compared to its competition, it did pretty well.

In second place is last week’s winner, Prisoners, pulling in $11.2 million. With a domestic total of $38.9 million, the film seems to make its way toward earning back its $46 million budget.

Meanwhile, the other new films of the weekend, Rush, Don Jon and Baggage Claim, had varying success. The Ron Howard film came in third, earning $10.3 million. Behind it was Baggage Claim in fourth, earning $9.3 million. Then, after that, the Joseph Gordon Levitt directorial debut came in fifth with $9 million.

Coming out next week is Gravity, Runner Runner and, in limited release, Parkland. I really, really hope Gravity is going to be the winner, but we’ll find out if it is next week.

Check out the full box office below:

1.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $35,000,000 $35
2.  Prisoners $11,270,000 $38.9
3.  Rush $10,314,000 $10.5
4.  Baggage Claim $9,300,000 $9.3
5.  Don Jon $9,000,000 $9
6  Insidious Chapter 2 $6,747,000 $69.5
7.  The Family $3,700,000 $32.6
8.  Instructions Not Included $3,380,000 $38.5
9.  We’re the Millers $2,865,000 $142.4
10.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $2,417,000 $110.2
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