‘Cloudy’ sequel wins weekend box office with $34M

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″ gobbled up $34 million in its debut weekend at the box office.

The animated Sony sequel featuring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris opened in first place and earned $34 million.

When the original “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” opened in 2009, it was showered with $30.3 million.

Last week’s top film, the Warner Bros. kidnapping thriller “Prisoners,” slipped to second place with $10.9 million, while the racing drama “Rush came in third place with $10 million after expanding to wide release.

The weekend’s other new releases — Fox Searchlight’s “Baggage Claim” and Relativity’s “Don Jon” — respectively opened in the fourth and fifth spots.


The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com, are:

1. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” Sony, $34,017,930, 4,001 locations, $8,502 average, $34,017,930, one week.

2. “Prisoners,” Warner Bros., $10,885,262, 3,290 locations, $3,309 average, $38,549,194, two weeks.

3. “Rush,” Universal, $10,014,920, 2,297 locations, $4,360 average, $10,275,829, two weeks.

4. “Baggage Claim,” Fox Searchlight, $9,031,102, 2,027 locations, $4,455 average, $9,031,102, one week.

5. “Don Jon,” Relativity Media, $8,677,009, 2,422 locations, $3,583 average, $8,677,009, one week.

6. “Insidious: Chapter 2,” FilmDistrict, $6,552,114, 3,120 locations, $2,100 average, $69,349,509, three weeks.

7. “The Family,” Relativity Media, $3,732,432, 2,894 locations, $1,290 average, $31,754,602, three weeks.

8. “Instructions Not Included,” Pantelion, $3,465,408, 948 locations, $3,655 average, $38,652,896, five weeks.

9. “We’re the Millers,” Warner Bros., $2,807,479, 2,405 locations, $1,167 average, $142,360,931, eight weeks.

10. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Weinstein Co., $2,401,793, 2,062 locations, $1,165 average, $110,265,862, seven weeks.

11. “Enough Said,” Fox Searchlight, $2,098,902, 227 locations, $9,246 average, $2,466,381, two weeks.

12. “Battle of the Year,” Sony, $2,023,792, 2,008 locations, $1,008 average, $7,492,084, two weeks.

13. “Metallica Through the Never,” Picturehouse, $1,672,075, 305 locations, $5,482 average, $1,672,075, one week.

14. “Riddick,” Universal, $1,607,145, 1,826 locations, $880 average, $40,056,710, four weeks.

15. “Atharintiki Daaredi,” Reliance, $1,500,000, 112 locations, $13,393 average, $1,500,000, one week.

16. “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” Fox, $801,522, 1,007 locations, $796 average, $65,380,273, eight weeks.

17. “Despicable Me 2,” Universal, $792,895, 748 locations, $1,060 average, $361,774,715, 13 weeks.

18. “Planes,” Disney, $759,290, 1,426 locations, $532 average, $87,681,449, eight weeks.

19. “Blue Jasmine,” Sony, $624,245, 528 locations, $1,182 average, $30,662,232, 10 weeks.

20. “The Wizard of Oz,” Warner Bros., $557,233, 305 locations, $1,827 average, $5,081,049, two weeks.


Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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