The movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 served up a super yummy time at the box office this weekend and was the clear front-runner with ticket sales that amounted to $35 million.
Even though September is not a great month for movie sales, families seem to have flocked to see the Meatballs (for short) sequel.
Most parents have a feel-good memory of the original Meatballs film in 2009. It captured what they are really looking for in a good family film: something they like and their kids will enjoy too. It opened with less sales ($30.3 million) than its successor but it ended by collecting $243 million worldwide.
“[Meatballs 2’s debut shows] the hunger families have right now for something compelling to see with the kids,” says Gitesh Pandya. Weeks have passed since anything family-friendly has been shown in theaters.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 first takes us back to when the food storm caused by Flint Lockwood’s machine, forces Flint and his friends to leave Swallow Falls. He then takes a job at the Live Corp Company which is responsible for cleaning up their island.
Then Flint finds out that his machine is still working and is creating sentient food beings such as hungry tacodile and shrimpanzees. Now, Flint and his friends have to put a stop to his machine from making the thinking food creatures before they invade the entire blue planet.
The voices of the movie are Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood, Anna Faris as Sam Sparks, James Caan as Tim Lockwood, Andy Samberg as Brent McHale, Neil Patrick Harris as Steve, and Benjamin Bratt as Manny.
Most movie analysts expected for Meatballs 2 to do well, but many critics did not “feel full” after watching the movie. According to Rottentomatoes.com, only 58 percent of the American film viewers thought it was a “thumbs up.”
Regardless, 80 percent of moviegoers enjoyed themselves, which is a good indicator of a sunny and not cloudy track record through the expected overall low Fall sales.
The other top movies of the weekend were far from beating Meatballs 2 with the following number: second place was Prisoners with $11.2 million, third place was Rush with $10.3 million, fourth place was Baggage Claim with $9.3 million, and fifth place was Don Jon with $9 million in movie sales.
During summer, both Monsters University and Despicable Me earned $80 million each during their debut weeks. Meatballs 2 garnered less than half of those sales, but it should still be one of the top animated movies in 2013. It only took $78 million to make so Sony Pictures Animation should still have a healthy profit from this movie by the end of this run.
All of the figures from this weekend so far are preliminary numbers. Final numbers will be available tomorrow (Monday) after the weekend is done.
Oscar season will soon descend on audiences. While Meatballs 2 is not a contender for Best Oscar Movie, it already received its win as the top movie this weekend.
The following video is the movie trailer of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
By: Chelo Aestrid