It rained Meatballs at the box office over the weekend -- not as many as some of the wilder forecasts had predicted, but Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 did take in around $35 million, and that amount was significantly higher than the $30.3 million that the original took in over its opening weekend in 2009. Like its predecessor, Meatballs 2 drew a strong A- minus Grade from audience members polled by CinemaScore. Two other new films opened unexceptionally. Fox Searchlight's Baggage Claim brought in an estimated $9.3 million, edging out Don Jon with $9 million, according to their respective studios. They were beaten out by last week's No. 1 film, Warner Bros.' Prisoners, with about $11.3 million and Universal's expanding Ron Howard racing tale Rush, with about $10.3 million. Overall, the box office was down for the second weekend in a row from the same period a year ago -- but only by about 7 percent. Meanwhile, Pantelion Films's Instructions Not Included took in another $3.4 million in its fifth weekend. With its gross hitting $38.6 million, it thereby brokethe box-office record for a Spanish-language film.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, $35 million; 2. Prisoners, $11.3 million; 3. Rush, $10.3 million; 4. Baggage Claim, $9.3 million; 5. Don Jon, $9 million; 6. Insidious: Chapter 2, $6.7 million; 7. The Family, $3.7 million; 8. Instructions Not Included, $3.4 million; 9. We're the Millers, $2.9 million; 10. Lee Daniels' The Butler, $2.4 million.
David Bowie and Rag'n'Bone Man both won two awards at the 2017 BRIT Awards at the O2 Arena in London last night.
Martin Scorsese's upcoming 'The Irishman', featuring Robert De Niro, is reportedly moving to Netflix from Paramount.