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'Family Movies' Among Biggest Fall Box Office Hits

Where the Wild Things Are by Spike Jonze'Where the Wild Things Are.'

Oct. 18, '09, update: Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are easily defeated its competition at the North American box office this weekend with a solid $32.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The big-screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved book scored a strong average of $8,693 per theater at 3,735 locations. Starring Max Records, the film follows a lonely boy who bonds with a bunch of wild creatures in his imagination.

Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler in Law Abiding Citizen

New entry Law Abiding Citizen debuted in second place with $21.2 million, with an average of $7,353 million at 2,890 locations. The F. Gary Gray-directed thriller stars Gerard Butler as a desperate widower threatening to bring down the justice system. Jamie Foxx co-stars.

Paranormal Activity

Oren Peli's surprise hit Paranormal Activity delivered yet another phenomenal box office performance, taking home a stunning $20.1 million from ticket sales at only 760 locations. The scary flick scored a remarkable average of $26,530 per theater.

Kristin Davis, Jon Favreau in Couples' Retreat

At No. 4, Vince Vaughn's latest comedy Couples Retreat picked up another $17.9 million, bringing its domestic total to $63.3 million. Also starring Jon Favreau and Kristin Davis, the Universal release follows four couples' adventures at a tropical island resort.

Dylan Walsh in The Stepfather

Also opening this weekend was The Stepfather, which bagged $12.3 million, enough for fifth place. Dylan Walsh plays a ruthless killer who pretends to be a nice stepfather – but eventually kills the families he's living with.

Meanwhile, Sony's hit animated flick Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs slipped to No. 6, pulling in $8.1 million for a total gross of $108.2 million after a solid five-week run.

Ruben Fleischer's comedy Zombieland dropped to seventh place, earning $7.8 million for a total haul of $60.8 million. Following at No. 8 with $3 million was the Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3D double feature, which reached a cume of $28.5 million.

At No. 9, Bruce Willis' action flick Surrogates reached a cumulative gross of $36.3 million after weekend earnings of $1.9 million. Finally, The Invention of Lying, starring Ricky Gervais, finished tenth with $1.9 million and a total of $15.9 million.

Oct. 11

Jason Bateman, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell in Couples Retreat

Universal's comedy Couples Retreat safely landed at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office this weekend with a solid $35.3 million in ticket sales at 3,000 locations, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Starring Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell and Jason Bateman, the film follows four couples traveling to a prestigious tropical island resort where they're forced to partake in numerous couple therapy sessions.

Paranormal Activity

Also breaking into the top 10 this weekend was Oren Peli's Paranormal Activity, which expanded to 159 locations and took the No. 5 spot with a superb $7 million. The film's early total gross currently stands at $8.2 million.

Jesse Eisenberg in Zombieland

Last week's winner Zombieland, starring Jesse Eisenberg (above) and Woody Harrelson, slipped to No. 2, pulling $15 million for a domestic total of $47.8 million.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Following closely in third place with $12 million was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which brought its cume to $96.2 million.

Meanwhile, Disney's Toy Story / Toy Story 2 double feature in 3D collected $7.6 million at No. 4, bringing its cumulative gross to $22.6 million. The film's limited theatrical run is scheduled to end next week.

At No. 6, Bruce Willis' sci-fi action flick Surrogates picked up $4.1 million for a total gross of $32.5 million. Following in seventh place with $3.3 million was Ricky Gervais' The Invention of Lying, which lifted its total haul to $12.3 million.

Juliette Lewis, Ellen Page in Whip It

Drew Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It, with Juliette Lewis and Ellen Page (above), reached at domestic total of $8.7 million after weekend earnings of $2.8 million at No. 8, while Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story bagged $2.7 million for a total of $9 million.

Rounding out the top 10 this weekend was MGM's remake of Fame, which finished with a three-day gross of $2.5 million for a cume of $20 million.

Oct. 4

Zombieland by Ruben Fleischer

Ruben Fleischer's excellent horror comedy Zombieland stormed the North American box office, slashing its competition this weekend with a solid $25 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The film scored a surprising average of $8,235 per theater at 3,036 locations. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, Zombieland follows four humans trying to survive in a world taken over by zombies.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

At a distant No. 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs bagged another $16.7 million, lifting its domestic gross to an impressive $82.3 million after a three-week run. The Sony Pictures Animation release is playing in both 3D and standard format.

Toy Story

Debuting in third place was Disney's Toy Story/Toy Story 2 double feature in 3D, which is playing at only 1,745 locations but managed to take home a decent $12.5 million. The films' theatrical run is limited to two weeks.

Jennifer Garner, Ricky Gervais in The Invention of Lying

Following at No. 4 with $7.3 million was Ricky Gervais' new comedy The Invention of Lying, which opened at 1,707 locations. Gervais plays a man who discovers lying in a world where every human being tells only the truth.

Ellen Page in Whip It

Also opening this weekend was Drew Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It, which finished sixth with a three-day gross of $4.8 million from ticket sales at 1,720 locations. Ellen Page stars as a Texas teenager who gets hooked on roller derby.

Michael Moore in Capitalism: A Love Story

Whip It tied with Michael Moore's latest film, Capitalism: A Love Story, in which he focuses on the global financial meltdown and the US Senate's decision to approve a gigantic bailout.

Bruce Willis in Surrogates

Meanwhile, the Bruce Willis vehicle Surrogates collected another $7.3 million at No 5, bringing its total haul to $26.3 million. Fame slipped to No. 8, earning $4.7 million for a total of $16.6 million after a little more than one week in release.

Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! dropped to No. 9, picking up $3.8 million for a cumulative gross of $26.5 million. Rounding out the top 10 was Love Happens, starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart, which reached a cume of $18.9 million after weekend earnings of $2.7 million.

Sept. 27

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs topped the North American box office for the second consecutive weekend with a solid $24.6 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Scoring an average of $7,887 per theater at 3,119 locations, the animated adventure brought its domestic total to $60 million after a little more than one week in release. The film is playing in both 3D and standard format.

Bruce Willis in Surrogates

At No. 2, Jonathan Mostow's Surrogates debuted with $15 million, with an average of $5,083 per theater at 2,951 locations. In the film, Bruce Willis plays a cop investigating a murder in a world in which humans use “surrogates” to complete everyday tasks.

Fame by Kevin Tancharoen

Following in third place with $10 million was Fame, the remake of the 1980 musical. Helmed by Kevin Tancharoen, the film follows a bunch of youngsters trying to make it big at a prestigious academy of performing arts.

Cam Gigandet in Pandorum

Things didn't turn out that well for Pandorum, this week's third wide release. The sci-fi horror flick starring Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, and Cam Gigandet (above) made it only to No. 6, with a three-day gross of $4.4 million from ticket sales at 2,506 locations.

Meanwhile, Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! finished fourth with $6.9 million, bringing its cume to $20.9 million after one week in release. Matt Damon stars as a white-collar guy helping the FBI expose his company's price-fixing conspiracy.

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself took the No. 5 spot with $4.7 million, reaching a total haul of $44.5 million. At No. 7, Love Happens, starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart, brought in $4.3 million for a $14.7 million total gross.

Megan Fox in Jennifer's Body

At the bottom of the top 10, Jennifer's Body took home $3.5 million, enough for the eighth spot. Starring Megan Fox as a ruthless cannibal, the horror comedy lifted its cumulative gross to $12.3 million after a disappointing one-week run.

Following at No. 9 was Shane Acker's animated tale 9, which grabbed $2.8 million for a total of $27.1 million. At No. 10, Quentin Tarantino's drama Inglourious Basterds finished with $2.7 million for a cume of $114.4 million.

Sept. 20

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Phil Lord, Chris Miller

Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs stormed the North American box office this weekend with a solid $30.1 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Playing in both 3D and standard format, Phil Lord and Chris Miller's animated adventure scored an average of $9,651 per theater at 3,119 locations. The film follows an inventor who faces the consequences of his latest invention: a device that converts water into food.

Debuting in second place with a decent three-day gross of $10.5 million was Steven Soderbergh's The Informant!, which stars Matt Damon as an exec helping the FBI uncover his company's price-fixing scheme. The film is showing at 2,505 locations.

Taraji P. Henson in I Can Do Bad All By Myself
Taraji P. Henson in I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Photo: Quantrell Colbert.

Still doing well despite a significant drop was Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself, starring Taraji P. Henson, which generated another $10 million at No. 3 for a domestic gross of $37.9 million after a little more than a week in release.

Judy Greer, Jennifer Aniston in Love Happens

Following in fourth place was new entry Love Happens, which earned $8.4 million from ticket sales at 1,898 locations. In the Brandon Camp-directed drama, Aaron Eckhart plays a self-help author falling for a florist (Jennifer Aniston, above, with Judy Greer).

Megan Fox in Jennifer's Body
Megan Fox in Jennifer's Body. Photo: Doane Gregory.

Fox delivered a rather disappointing start for Jennifer's Body, which opened at 2,702 locations, but earned only $6.8 million. Scripted by Academy Award winner Diablo Cody, the film stars Megan Fox as a high school hottie finding great pleasure in eating boys.

9 by Shane Acker

Meanwhile, Shane Acker's 9 slipped to No. 6 with a weekend gross of $5.4 million and a total haul of $22.7 million. Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds followed in seventh place, taking home $3.6 million for a cume of $109.9 million.

At the bottom of the top 10, Sandra Bullock's disastrous comedy All About Steve picked up another $3.4 million, enough for No. 8. The film's total gross currently stands at $26.6 million.

Summit Entertainment's horror flick Sorority Row dropped to No. 9, collecting $2.4 million for a total gross of $8.8 million after only one week in release. Finally, The Final Destination landed at No. 10 with weekend earnings of $2.3 million and a total of $62.3 million.

Sept. 13

Taraji P. Henson, Mary J. Blige, Adam Rodriguez in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself
Taraji P. Henson, Mary J. Blige, Adam Rodriguez in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Photo: Quantrell Colbert.

Tyler Perry's latest family comedy-drama, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, found its way to the top of the North American box office this weekend with $24 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates.

I Can Do Bad All By Myself got off to a strong start Friday and maintained its dominance at No. 1, scoring a solid average of $10,656 per theater at 2,255 locations. Starring Taraji P. Henson, the film follows the spiritual transformation of a troubled nightclub singer.

9 by Shane Acker

At a distant No. 2, Shane Acker's animated adventure 9 collected $10.8 million at 1,661 locations, bringing its domestic total to $15.2 million since its opening day Wednesday.

Caroline D'Amore, Briana Evigan, and Rumer Willis in Sorority Row

Things didn't turn out that well at all for the weekend's two remaining wide releases. Summit's horror flick Sorority Row, featuring Caroline D'Amore, Briana Evigan, and Rumer Willis (above), made it only to No. 6, with a three-day gross of $5.2 million from ticket sales at $2,665 locations.

Kate Beckinsale in Whiteout

Following closely in seventh place was Dominic Sena's action thriller Whiteout, which took home a mere $5.1 million. Kate Beckinsale stars as a U.S. marshal investigating a gruesome murder in Antarctica.

Thomas Haden Church, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper in All About Steve
Thomas Haden Church, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper in All About Steve. Photo: Suzanne Tenner.

Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds slipped to No. 3, pulling $6.5 million for a total gross of $104.3 million. At No. 4, Sandra Bullock's comedy All About Steve finished with $5.8 million, bringing its cume to $21.8 million.

Last week's box office champion, The Final Destination, took a big dive and dropped to No. 5, generating another $5.5 million. The fourth installment in the popular horror series reached a cumulative gross of $58.2 million after a solid three-week run.

Meryl Streep in Julie and Julia

At No. 8, the sci-fi thriller District 9 collected $3.6 million for a total haul of $108.5 million. Nora Ephron's comedy Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep (above) and Amy Adams, followed in ninth place, picking up $3.3 million for a domestic total of $85.3 million.

Wrapping up the top 10 was Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine's actioner Gamer, starring Gerard Butler, which earned a disappointing $3.1 million for a total of $16.1 million after only a little more than one week in release.

Source: Box Office Mojo (www.boxofficemojo.com)

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  1. Brisbane Dave

    Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, is an awesome kids movie, my kids loved it, especially the 3d version!