Meatballs Reigns With $35M Weekend

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 29, 2013 12:23 PM CDT

(Newser) Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 left the competition standing out in a downpour at this weekend's box office, reeling in $35 million—more than three times the $11.2 million total for No. 2 thriller Prisoners, reports the LA Times. Ron Howard's Rush opened in third with $10.3 million, adds the AP, while Baggage Claim took No. 4 with $9.3 million, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon was fifth with $9 million. The latter two films, however, were made for less than $10 million, notes the Times, though Don Jon's results were disappointing given its critical acclaim.

Tim Lockwood, voiced by James Caan, with the Pickles in a scene from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Tim Lockwood, voiced by James Caan, with the Pickles in a scene from "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs."   (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Animation)
From left, Steve the Monkey (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris), Flint (Bill Hader), Brent (Andy Samberg), Earl (Terry Crews), and Sam (Anna Faris), in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
From left, Steve the Monkey (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris), Flint (Bill Hader), Brent (Andy Samberg), Earl (Terry Crews), and Sam (Anna Faris), in "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs."   (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Animation)
Earl (Terry Crews), Flint (Bill Hader), and Sam (Anna Faris), in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Earl (Terry Crews), Flint (Bill Hader), and Sam (Anna Faris), in "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs."   (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Animation)
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