The movie that was number one with a meatball at theaters this weekend was the 3-D animated movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. According to estimates from the studio, it raked in a whopping $35 million.
September is generally not a month that has many hit movies in it, but Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is an exception.
There aren’t many movies made anymore that the whole family can go to and enjoy, with the exception of Disney and Pixar flicks. That’s why there will always be a market for movies like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
The Sony Pictures animated movie wasn’t a big hit with critics, with just 58 percent of them giving it a thumbs-up. Still, of the moviegoers who went to see it, eighty percent said they liked it. This is an indication that the movie might continue to do well at the box office for at least the next couple of weeks or so.
The movie had been anticipated to take in $45 million, but $35 million was enough for it to beat out its competition this weekend.
For a family-oriented movie to do well at the box office, it needs to be at least tolerable for the parents of kids to also watch, or they won’t spring for the money to take their kids to see it. Cloudy with a Chance for Meatballs 2, like the first one in the series, fits this prerequisite to box office success.
Rush, directed by Ron Howard, and Prisoners, a crime drama starring Hugh Jackman, fought it out for second place at the box office.
Last week’s box office winner was Prisoners. It came in second this weekend, earning $11.2 million. Third place went to Rush, which took in $10.3 million in its debut weekend at the theaters.
Fourth place went to the comedy Baggage Claim. It earned $9.3 million.
One movie that many people expected a lot from was the raunchy comedy Don Jon. It is directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Don Jon came in fifth a the box office, earning $9 million.
Though Baggage Claim and Don Jon didn’t earn an impressive amount of money at the box office, considering the fact that both cost less than $10 million to make, they are close to breaking even.
That can’t be said, yet, about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, which cost $78 million to produce. Still, the sequel has earned more than the original did its first weekend.
In 2009, the first one, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, earned $30.3 million its first weekend. Worldwide, it eventually went on to earn $243 million.
Both Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and its sequel, according to CinemaScore (a market research firm), were well-liked by moviegoers, who scored both movies the grade of A-.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has been the highest-grossing animated movie its first weekend out since this past July. However, with Monsters University and Despicable Me 2 both having debut weekends where they each took in $80 million, it’s unlikely that it will end up making more money overall than those two animated films did.
If you’d like to see an animated movie that’s great fun for the entire family, I’d highly recommend that you check out Cloudy with a Chance of Meatbals 2, which was both number one at the box office and in the ratings of moviegoers this past weekend.
Written by: Douglas Cobb