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1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Sony): $35 million in 4,001 theaters
The first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was one of the most genuinely charming animated movies in recent memory and one of 2009's surprise hits. That the sequel is successful after four years of free word of mouth promotion should come as no surprise. Bill Hader thankfully returned to voice the lead, free of his Saturday Night Live commitments. Add positive audience reviews and a proven money-making weekend for kids movies (Sony struck gold with Hotel Transylvania last year) and you've got the perfect recipe for a breakout opening.
2. Prisoners (Warner): $11.3 million in 3,290 theaters [Week 2]
Paul Dano's right eye delivers an absolutely stunning performance, in case you were wondering.
3. Rush (Universal): $10.3 million in 2,297 theaters
For some reason the story of F1 driver Niki Lauda didn't capture your attention on its first weekend in wide release. The Ron Howard-helmed sports movie at least won rave reviews from ESPN's Bill Simmons, who called it his "favorite sports movie in years."
Sorry, Moneyball, you're second in line now.
4. Baggage Claim (Fox): $9.3 million in 2,027 theaters
Coming soon to a theater near you: Waiting Room.
5. Don Jon (Relativity): $9 million in 2,422 theaters
Poor, poor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. His problematic movie about a porn-addicted Jersey Shore type who falls in love with Scarlett Johansson, which he wrote, directed and stars in, didn't charm your wallet. This may mark the official end of our culture's obsession with all things Jersey. Perhaps we've finally moved on.
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