Oct. 18 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week’s winner Zombieland, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson, slipped to No. 2, pulling $15 million for a domestic total of $47.8 million.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Source: Box Office Mojo (www.boxofficemojo.com)