Zombieland Conquers US

Woody Harrelson vehicle dethrones Meatballs in debut weekend
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2009 2:01 PM CDT
Woody Harrelson attends a screening of "Zombieland" Sept. 30, 2009, in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) Zombieland raked in $25 million to dominate the box office in its debut weekend, easily dethroning Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, which had held the top spot the previous two weekends. The R-rated comic horror movie starring Woody Harrelson drew an overwhelmingly young audience, with 56% under 25, Variety reports. Director Drew Barrymore's Whip It disappointed, taking in just $4.85 million and tying for sixth place with Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story. The top five:

  • Zombieland, $25 million
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, $16.7 million
  • Toy Story/Toy Story 2 reissue, $12.5 million
  • The Invention of Lying, $7.4 million
  • Surrogates, $7.3 million