“Megamind” control continues

As expected, DreamWorks animated film “Megamind” stayed pat at No.1 this past weekend with nearly $30 million. All three new wide releases, however, landed in the top five, the most notable of which was the critically acclaimed Denzel Washington movie “Unstoppable,” which took the actor’s usual $20-million pull and landed in second.

  1. Megamind – $29.1 M (weekend) … $88.8 (gross)
  2. Unstoppable – $22.6 M … $22.6 M
  3. Due Date – $15.4 M … $88.8 M
  4. Skyline – $11.6 M … $11.6 M
  5. Morning Glory – $9.2 M … $11.8 M
  6. For Colored Girls – $6.5 M … $30.6 M
  7. RED – $4.9 M … $79.6 M
  8. Paranormal Activity 2 – $2.9 M … $81.9 M
  9. Saw 3D – $2.8 M … $43.5
  10. Jackass 3D – $2.2 M … $114.6 M

Alien-invasion film “Skyline” seemed to flop with $11.6 million, but the film was only made for about the same amount. When all is said and done, the low-budget venture will have been worthwhile for Universal, but not overwhelmingly so. “Morning Glory,” however, made less than $10 M ($11.8 over its first five days), a disappointment considering the estimated $40 million that it took to rope in names such as Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton.

Robert Downey Jr./Zach Galifiniakis did not play quite as well in its second week with audiences. The film dropped more than 50 percent from last week, not a disappointment, but not an indicator of a film receiving great word of mouth.

Outside the top 10 for the first time this week was “The Social Network,” which has made about $87 million in its first seven weeks, a definite success for a drama.

All will be shaken up next week with the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1.”


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