It's been weeks since a family-friendly film hit theaters, and judging by the opening weekend result for "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," moviegoers with kids were eager to return to the multiplex.
The 3-D animated sequel easily beat out three new nationwide releases this weekend, launching with $35 million, according to an estimate from distributor
None of the weekend's other new films did especially impressive business. Ron Howard's race car drama "Rush" didn't get off to that speedy a start, taking in $10.3 million. The romantic comedy "Baggage Claim" grossed $9.3 million, barely beating the $9-million tally for
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" had a slightly bigger opening than its predecessor, which debuted with $30.3 million in 2009. The picture went on to collect a healthy $243 million worldwide.
Like the original "Cloudy," the sequel was well-liked by audiences: Both installments received an average grade of A-, according to market research firm CinemaScore. Roughly 80% of those who saw the film — which features the voices of stars such as
"Cloudy 2" posted the strongest opening for an animated film since July, as
Last weekend, Universal Pictures released "Rush" in five theaters in an effort to spread positive word-of-mouth about the well-reviewed film before its wide release. Playing in five theaters, the movie didn't do spectacular business — a trend that continued this weekend.
Co-financed by Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media for $38 million, "Rush" tells the story of famed 1970s Formula One racers and fierce rivals James Hunt (
While the opening for "Baggage Claim" wasn't fantastic, the movie didn't cost much to make — about $8.5 million. The movie features a predominantly African American cast and was aimed at black moviegoers — indeed, the main demographic that turned up to see the film this weekend, per distributor Fox Searchlight. The movie fared particularly well in urban markets, with top results coming from Baltimore, Atlanta and
The film follows a flight attendant (
Moviegoers did not like "Don Jon" nearly as much. The film only earned a C+ — somewhat surprising, given that the picture has a 81% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Written and directed by Gordon-Levitt, the movie stars the actor as a "Jersey Shore"-type playboy trying to hide his pornography addiction from his new girlfriend (
Given those numbers, Relativity executives say they are optimistic the film will be a success — even with that C+ looming.