Box Office Results: Zombieland rules the theaters

Studio Estimates for Oct. 2-4:

1.  Zombieland – $25 million
2.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – $16.7 million
3.  Toy Story/ Toy Story 2 – $12.5 million
4.  The Invention of Lying – $7.4 million
5.  Surrogates – $7.3 million

6.  Whip It – $4.9 million

Who says that the horror/comedy genre can’t make the big bucks?  That was one reason people said why Jennifer’s Body bombed at the box office, but here we had Zombieland top the charts with $25 million.  So what’s the deal?  Maybe zombies are just more bankable than demon/cheerleaders?

Runner-up in the box office was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs with $16.7 million during its third weekend since release.  I’m surprised it was able to continue its success during the release of the Toy Story 3-D double feature, which landed the third spot with $12.5 million. 

Rounding out the Top 5 were the Ricky Gervais comedy, The Invention of Lying that made $7.4 million and Surrogates with $7.3 million.  Drew Barrymore’s Whip It ranked sixth with $4.9 million.

Check out on Friday for our new predictions when only one new release hits the theaters:  the romantic comedy Couples Retreat.

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