Box Office Results: Audience eats up ‘Meatballs’ this weekend

Studio Results for September 18-20:

1.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – $30.1 million
2.  The Informant! – $10.5 million
3.  Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself – $10.1 million
4.  Love Happens – $8.5 million
5.  Jennifer’s Body – $6.8 million

The family-friendly animated feature, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, took the box office by storm this weekend with an impressive $30.1 million.  The screenings in 3-D and IMAX certainly helped, as it counted for about $20 million of its weekend gross.  Runner-up went to The Informant! with $10.5 million.  According to Warner Bros’ research, 72 percent of ticket sales went to people 30 years of age or older.

Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself landed the third spot with $10.1 million on its second weekend.  The romantic comedy, Love Happens, debuted fourth in the box office with $8.5 million.  And rounding out the Top 5 was the disappointing Jennifer’s Body with $6.8 million.

As for our predictions, Sheehan and I both predicted all five films in the Top 5 correctly, but only two of the five in the right order.  We both had Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at the top, but then faltered after that.  We both completely over-shot Jennifer’s Body.  We’ll try to do better next time.

On Friday there will be three new wide releases hitting the theaters:  two sci-fi/action films, Pandorum and Surrogates… and then the musical Fame.  Check back on Friday for our new predictions.

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