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FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: ‘Cloudy’ #1 Again, MGM In Trouble As ‘Surrogates’ & ‘Fame’ Disappoint

September 27th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
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It wasn’t a great weekend for new releases, and, as I predicted, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs once again claimed the number one spot at the box office. The 3D kids pic earned another $24.6M for a new cume of $60M. Coming in a distant second place, with $15M, was the Bruce Willis robot thriller Surrogates. To compare it to other Willis-starring movies: its opening wasn’t as good as Die Hard, but nowhere near as bad as The Whole Ten Yards, a dud that, along with The Story of Us, proved that Willis and comedy aren’t the best mix.
Even so, it’s a disappointment for Disney, as executives were hoping for the number one spot. Fame, MGM’s remake of the 1980s classic, which The New York Post’s Lou Leminick described as
“a desperate, cynical — and most likely unsuccessful — attempt by a dying studio to stave off oblivion by jumping on the High School Musical bandwagon”,
debuted in third, taking in $10 M. Its weak performance certainly won’t help MGM in their attempt to rectify their troubled financial situation. The Informant! dropped down two spots, taking in $6.9M for fourth place, and Tyler Perry‘s I Can Do Bad All Myself dropped to fifth with $4.75M. Boasting a weak premise that didn’t help its marketing efforts, audiences stayed from Pandorum, a Sci-Fi thriller starring Dennis Quaid, which debuted in sixth place with $4.4M.
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The rest of holdovers from didn’t fare much better. The Jenifer Aniston rom-com, Love Happens, posted a 60% decline, falling to seventh place with $4.33M. And hopefully the ink has dried on Diablo Cody‘s deal with Universal to adapt the Sweet Valley High series  because the weak performance of Jennifer’s Body (which is based on a script Cody penned around the same time she wrote Juno in 2006) may give the studio pause to reconsider.
The Megan Fox-starring vampire thriller dropped down to eighth place in its second week of release, taking in $3.5M for a cume of $12.5M. Rounding out the top ten are the Tim Burton-produced 9 , which earned $2.8M in ninth place and Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds which took in $2.72M.
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1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs $24.6M, Cume $60M
2. Surrogates $15M
3. Fame $10M
4. The Informant $6.9M,  Cume $20.9M
5. I Can Do Bad All By Myself $4.7M, $44.5M
6. Pandorum $4.4M
7. Love Happens $4.33M, Cume $14.M
8. Jennifer’s Body $3.5M, Cume $12.3M
9. 9 $2.8M, Cume $27.1M
10. Inglourious Basterds $2.7M, Cume $114.4M
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