Monday, September 21, 2009

Box Office Report: Movie-goers hungry for "Meatballs"

The forecast was bright at the box-office for "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," which earned $30.1 million to lead this weekend's films.

AP reports:
Sony's 3-D animated family comedy,"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," was adapted from the popular 1978 children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett. Despite schools being back in session, the film still was able to draw kids and their parents to the multiplexes.

Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!" came in second with $10.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That was slightly better than expected for the Warner Bros. comedy, which stars Matt Damon as a bipolar whistle blower.

Last week's box-office topper, Tyler Perry's "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," saw a 57 percent drop for Lionsgate. It still earned $10 million, good enough for third place. That brought its cumulative total to $37.9 million.

Jennifer Aniston's "Love Happens" (Universal) came in fourth with $8.5 million, suggesting that audiences may be tiring of the actress in romantic comedies. It's her third film this year.

Coming in a distant fifth was "Jennifer's Body," the R-rated horror film written by Diablo Cody, the scribe of "Juno" fame. It earned just $6.8 million for 20th Century Fox. "Jennifer's Body" is viewed most significantly as a test of its star, Megan Fox, to headline a movie.

The Informant! Intellectually Funny
Rene S Garcia Jr writes:
It’s always an interesting experience when you can recognize that a film is a comedy, but not quite be inspired to laugh. The Informant! is one of those films. You want to laugh. You’re waiting to laugh. Yet, somehow it just doesn’t come. What’s strange in this case is that the film is well-acted, well-directed and well-written. So why doesn’t the comedy click? The problem is that the film relies too heavily on one joke told over and over again. READ MORE

'Jennifer Body' sags under weight of cleverness
Peter Hartlaub writes:
Judged strictly on its popular culture references, "Jennifer's Body" is practically flawless. It takes a special kind of filmmaking talent to juxtapose the bloody sacrifice of a virgin to the Tommy Tutone 1982 hit "867-5309/Jenny." But in the process of crafting a lot of really clever scenes, screenwriter Diablo Cody seems to have forgotten that she was making a horror movie. Enjoy the film for its witty dialogue and fun performances, but know that there isn't a single good scare. An episode of "Murder, She Wrote" has more thrills. READ MORE

Weekend Box Office:
1. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," $30.1 million.
2. "The Informant!" $10.5 million.
3. "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," $10 million.
4. "Love Happens," $8.5 million.
5. "Jennifer's Body," $6.8 million.
6. "9," $5.5 million.
7. "Inglourious Basterds," $3.6 million.
8. "All About Steve," $3.4 million.
9. "Sorority Row," $2.5 million.
10. "The Final Destination," $2.4 million.