Weekend Wrap-Up

Jennifer's Body Crushed by 3-D Meatballs

By John Hamann

September 20, 2009

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9 falls to sixth, as the Tim Burton-produced flick fails to gain any traction despite the addition of 400 venues. 9 earned $5.5 million and was off 49% compared to the last frame. It's too bad – this visually appealing flick is obviously having a hard time determining who its audience is, and despite being quite original, is going to die on the vine with about $35 million in domestic sales before becoming a cult hit on DVD.

Dropping all the way from third last weekend to seventh this weekend is Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, which is now in its fifth weekend. Basterd's earned $3.6 million and drops a not bad 41%. Basterds has now earned $109.9 million, and passed Pulp Fiction as Tarantino's biggest film ever.

Eighth goes to All About Steve, the Fox miss that starred summer superstars Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper. Steve earned $3.4 million and dropped 40% compared to last weekend. The comedy has now earned a disappointing $26.7 million.


The ungodly Sorority Row, from Summit Entertainment, finishes in ninth place. The horror flick earned $2.5 million and dropped 51% from its $5.1 million debut last weekend. It has now earned $8.9 million, and we bid good riddance to bad rubbish.

Tenth spot goes to The Final Destination, which lost all of its 3-D theatres to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. The Final Destination earned $2.4 million in its last weekend in the top ten, and dropped 57%. Still, the $40 million film has now earned $62.4 million, and will finish as a win for the folks at Warner Bros.

Overall, things are better than they were last weekend, when the top 12 movies finished significantly behind the same weekend in 2008. This weekend, the top 12 managed to earn $89.6 million, which puts it ahead of last year when Lakeview Terrace surprised with a $15 million opening and the top 12 took in $76.4 million. Next weekend things will get interesting. Bruce Willis opens the sci-fi flick Surrogates, MGM opens the musical Fame, and Overture Films opens Pandorum with Dennis Quaid.

Top Weekend Box Office for 9/18/09-9/20/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Sony/Columbia $30,100,000 $30,304,648 New $30,304,648
2 The Informant! Warner Bros. Pictures $10,545,000 $10,464,314 New $10,464,314
3 Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself Lionsgate $10,060,000 $9,877,436 - 57.9% $37,749,545
4 Love Happens Universal Pictures $8,455,590 $8,057,010 New $8,057,010
5 Jennifer's Body 20th Century Fox $6,800,000 $6,868,397 New $6,868,397
6 9 Focus Features $5,457,659 $5,563,134 - 48.2% $22,918,077
7 Inglourious Basterds The Weinstein Company $3,603,000 $3,818,142 - 37.8% $110,116,807
8 All About Steve 20th Century Fox $3,400,000 $3,373,212 - 40.2% $26,651,633
9 Sorority Row Summit Entertainment $2,489,000 $2,499,758 - 50.6% $8,880,742
10 The Final Destination New Line Cinema $2,375,000 $2,388,473 - 56.7% $62,405,206
11 Whiteout Warner Bros. $2,060,000 $2,131,043 - 56.6% $8,553,633
12 Julie & Julia Sony/Columbia $1,900,000 $1,914,186 - 39.4% $88,460,267
  Also Opening/Notables
  Bright Star Apparition $190,343 $189,703 New $206,649
  Disgrace N/A $12,615 New $12,615
  Teza Mypheduh Films N/A $8,907 New $8,907
  District 9 Screen Gems $1,850,000 $1,913,150 - 45.9% $111,685,356
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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