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Weekend Box Office Report: September 27-29, 2013

09.29.2013

Cloudy with a Chance of Money!

After a few weeks without any new options, audiences hungry for family entertainment ate up the latest offering and put CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 at the top with a $35 million opening!

The computer-animated sequel, in which the characters discover a "lost world" of food beasts, took a bigger box office chomp than the original CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS in 2009 ($30.3 million opening weekend). For Sony Animation releases, it's also a much larger bite than their summer CG/live-action hybrid THE SMURFS 2 ($17.5 million), but it trailed their effort on this same weekend last year when HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA set a record for biggest September opening with $42.5 million.

Paying crowds also lapped up the movie's delicious visuals, giving CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 a satiated 'A-' CinemaScore. And without a single new family release in the entire month of October, it should have a long shelf life.

Coming in second place was last week's winner, the harsh kidnapping thriller PRISONERS, with an additional $11.2 million. Right on Hugh Jackman's rear bumper was Ron Howard's real-life racing drama RUSH, in third with $10.3 million as it expands nationally after a five-screen limited release last week.

While RUSH has also made an extra $17.6 million overseas, the studio was probably expecting it to peel out a bit faster considering critics' and moviegoers' reactions (88% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 'A-' CinemaScore) -- plus the fact that it prominently features an Avenger. Coincidentally, Howard's directing debut was GRAND THEFT AUTO, which many people are currently playing instead of going to the movies...

In fourth place was the new PG-13 romantic comedy BAGGAGE CLAIM with $9.3 million, followed closely by Joseph Gordon-Levitt's R-rated sex satire DON JON with $9 million. While critics were impressed with the actor's low-budget directing debut (81% on Rotten Tomatoes), audiences didn't much care for JGL's porn addict and Scarlett cure, slapping it with a discouraging 'C+' CinemaScore (counterintuitive though it might seem, any grade lower than 'B' typically means bad news for word-of-mouth business).

Dropping from second to sixth was the fright flick INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, although with so little horror competition leading up to Halloween next month, it might haunt the Top 10 for a while longer. Luc Besson's mobster comedy THE FAMILY fought it out with the Mexican import INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED, while WE'RE THE MILLERS is still cruising after two months on the list, just ahead of another longstanding success, LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER.

Outside the chart, RIDDICK and PLANES went on their way, along with BATTLE OF THE YEAR after a single sad week in the Top 10. The Julia Louis-Dreyfus/James Gandolfini romcom ENOUGH SAID expanded to 227 screens with a favorable $2.1 million, the IMAX-only release of the concert adventure METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER rocked out with $1.6 million, and the 3D IMAX reissue of THE WIZARD OF OZ is up to $5 million.

Next weekend brings filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron's highly anticipated 3D space disaster GRAVITY, while Justin Timberlake deals with Ben Affleck in the gambling thriller RUNNER RUNNER and METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER expands nationally.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 $35 M
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2. Prisoners $11.2 M $38.9 M
3. Rush $10.3 M $10.5 M
4. Baggage Claim $9.3 M
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5. Don Jon $9 M
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6. Insidious: Chapter 2 $6.7 M $69.5 M
7. The Family $3.6 M $31.6 M
8. Instructions Not Included $3.3 M $38.5 M
9. We're the Millers $2.8 M $142.4 M
10. The Butler $2.4 M $110.2 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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1:08AM on 09/30/2013

I don't get it

You said: "(counterintuitive though it might seem, any grade lower than 'B' typically means bad news for word-of-mouth business)" - Why would that be counterintuitive? Doesn't it make sense that a lower grade means people won't recommend it as much? Can someone explain what the writer meant here?
You said: "(counterintuitive though it might seem, any grade lower than 'B' typically means bad news for word-of-mouth business)" - Why would that be counterintuitive? Doesn't it make sense that a lower grade means people won't recommend it as much? Can someone explain what the writer meant here?
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10:54PM on 09/29/2013

Dixar can suck one.

From what i read in my local paper, cloudy 2 aint too shabby at all. why anyone would wanna hate is beyond me. let's support this film because i trust michael phillips and i support cool, quirky animation. how bout the Frozen film, eh? Umm...no.
From what i read in my local paper, cloudy 2 aint too shabby at all. why anyone would wanna hate is beyond me. let's support this film because i trust michael phillips and i support cool, quirky animation. how bout the Frozen film, eh? Umm...no.
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10:38PM on 09/29/2013

Don Jon

A very interesting movie that from a far just seems stupid and dumb. If you give it a chance it really is an interesting look on how BOTH sexes have unrealistic expectations for one another. It also plays on how influential the media is in the whole dating game. It wasn't the best film of the year or even the worst but I really dug what Levitt did with it.
A very interesting movie that from a far just seems stupid and dumb. If you give it a chance it really is an interesting look on how BOTH sexes have unrealistic expectations for one another. It also plays on how influential the media is in the whole dating game. It wasn't the best film of the year or even the worst but I really dug what Levitt did with it.
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10:33PM on 09/29/2013
Seeing Cloudy 2 tonight, looking forward to it. Hope Rush continues to do well, I don't usually enjoy sports movies but I really liked Rush. The best part of it for me was that the filmmakers resisted making either Hunt or Lauda the "villain", you root or dislike each guy at different points in the story and that made it really compelling.
Seeing Cloudy 2 tonight, looking forward to it. Hope Rush continues to do well, I don't usually enjoy sports movies but I really liked Rush. The best part of it for me was that the filmmakers resisted making either Hunt or Lauda the "villain", you root or dislike each guy at different points in the story and that made it really compelling.
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7:20PM on 09/29/2013

Heisenberg or the movies

Breaking bad marathon wins.
Breaking bad marathon wins.
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10:55PM on 09/29/2013
God DAMN that finale!!!
God DAMN that finale!!!
5:51PM on 09/29/2013
Really surprised at how much Rush focused more on Daniel Brühl's Niki Lauda. Maybe I was mistaken, but I thought the trailers focused on Hemsworth's character more. I guess that makes sense as he's the one that should have the box office draw. Either way, I'm a huge fan of Brühl (you have to check out Good Bye Lenin!), and thought the flick was great.
Really surprised at how much Rush focused more on Daniel Brühl's Niki Lauda. Maybe I was mistaken, but I thought the trailers focused on Hemsworth's character more. I guess that makes sense as he's the one that should have the box office draw. Either way, I'm a huge fan of Brühl (you have to check out Good Bye Lenin!), and thought the flick was great.
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5:09PM on 09/29/2013
Saw Through the Never. One of the funnest times I've ever had at the movies.
Saw Through the Never. One of the funnest times I've ever had at the movies.
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4:01PM on 09/29/2013
Good to see "Prisoners" still hanging in there.
Also, can someone fill me in on "Instructions Not Included"??? As far as I've heard, it's just another low-brow comedy reminiscent the usual Adam Sandler dreck. Why has it been able to do so well in the BO?
Good to see "Prisoners" still hanging in there.
Also, can someone fill me in on "Instructions Not Included"??? As far as I've heard, it's just another low-brow comedy reminiscent the usual Adam Sandler dreck. Why has it been able to do so well in the BO?
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2:45PM on 09/29/2013

We're The Millers

I haven't seen We're The Millers, although I have heard it is an average comedy. I just wonder if it's huge box office is a result of Jason Suderkis and shows that he is a very bankable leading man? Or is it good marketing, word of mouth or Jennifer Aniston? I think Suderkis has great charisma and he is pretty good as a witty, smart ass but I didn't expect him to be as big of a star as he is turning into. He also seems to choose his projects well and he must have an amazing agent. Good
I haven't seen We're The Millers, although I have heard it is an average comedy. I just wonder if it's huge box office is a result of Jason Suderkis and shows that he is a very bankable leading man? Or is it good marketing, word of mouth or Jennifer Aniston? I think Suderkis has great charisma and he is pretty good as a witty, smart ass but I didn't expect him to be as big of a star as he is turning into. He also seems to choose his projects well and he must have an amazing agent. Good for him, he seems like a cool guy and I wish him the best just surprised by the huge box office star he has become.
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2:42PM on 09/29/2013

Rush was terrific

Could care less about Formula One, but man, GREAT flick. Best thing Ron Howard has produced since Apollo 13 and Bryce Dallas. Give it a chance when you get a chance, you guys. Good stuff.
Could care less about Formula One, but man, GREAT flick. Best thing Ron Howard has produced since Apollo 13 and Bryce Dallas. Give it a chance when you get a chance, you guys. Good stuff.
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2:36PM on 09/29/2013
Glad to see Prisoners doing well. It was a fantastic film and easily one of the best films of the year. Still have to get out and see Rush and Don Jon.
Glad to see Prisoners doing well. It was a fantastic film and easily one of the best films of the year. Still have to get out and see Rush and Don Jon.
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3:48PM on 09/29/2013
Rush is fantastic, well worth a look.
Rush is fantastic, well worth a look.
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