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.
There's already an Oscars buzz surrounding this movie.