Cloud Atlas Fizzles

While Ben Affleck's 'Argo' rises to the top

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 28, 2012 1:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – Either Argo triumphed at the weekend box office, or Hollywood's other offerings were just too weak to compete, the LA Times reports. Ben Affleck's rescue thriller snagged the top spot in its third week with $12.4 million—the year's second-lowest No.1—followed by The Possession ($9.3 million), the highly anticipated Cloud Atlas ($9.4 million), and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. Nickelodeon's Fun Size ($4.1 million) and Gerard Butler's surfing pic Chasing Mavericks ($2.2 million) debuted somewhere off the cinematic radar.

This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks as Zachry and Halle Berry as Meronym in a scene from Cloud Atlas, an epic spanning centuries and genres.
This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks as Zachry and Halle Berry as Meronym in a scene from "Cloud Atlas," an epic spanning centuries and genres.   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jay Maidment)
This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bryan Cranston, left, as Jack O’Donnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo,  a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.
This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bryan Cranston, left, as Jack O’Donnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in "Argo," a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.   (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claire Folger)
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