Cloudy Has A Silver Lining
During a time of year when the box office itself is ordinarily dreary, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs brought a ray of sunshine to theater owners as it collected $30.3 million and gave the overall box office a 14-percent lift over the comparable weekend a year ago. Other new releases, however, reverted to September form, especially the much-touted Jennifer's Body , which brought in just $6.9 million. Universal's Love Happens , starring Megan Fox, did moderately better business, earning $8.1 million, largely on the strength of its cast, which included Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart. Its reviews were generally atrocious. (Typical was Kyle Smith's in the New York Post , who remarked that the title obviously derives from a two-word phrase that begins with a different four-letter word. "Come to think of it," he commented, "that would have made a far more accurate label for this film.") The only new film that was not an outright flop was the Matt Damon starrer, The Informant!, which brought in $10.5 million. Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds added another $3.8 million to its gross, which now stands at $110.1 million, putting it ahead of Tarantino' biggest previous hit, Pulp Fiction, in overall ticket sales.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs , Sony, $30,304,648, (New); 2. The Informant! , Warner Bros., $10,464,314, (New); 3. Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself , Lionsgate, $9,877,436, 2 Wks. ($37,749,545); 4. Love Happens , Universal, $8,057,010, (New); 5. Jennifer's Body , 20th Century Fox, $6,868,397, (New); 6. 9 , Focus, $5,563,134, 2 Wks. ($22,918,077); 7. Inglourious Basterds , Weinstein Co. $3,818,142, 5 Wks. ($110,116,807); 8. All About Steve , 20th Century Fox, $3,373,212, 3 Wks. ($26,651,633); 9. Sorority Row, Summit Ent. $2,499,758, 2 Wks. ($8,880,742); 10. The Final Destination, Warner Bros., $2,388,473, 4 Wks. ($62,405,206).