Audiences Flock to Where the Wild Things Are

Wild things were the in things this weekend, with Spike Jonze’s version of Where the Wild Things Are topping the box office.

The adaptation of the beloved children’s book by Maurice Sendak took in an estimated $34.2 million. The film earned mixed reviews from critics, ranging from absolute raves to extreme disappointment.

The film easily beat out the No. 2 finisher, newcomer Law Abiding Citizen, which took in $21.3 million. Up and coming indie horror film Paranormal Activity rose to third place, with $20.1 million while last weekend’s top film, the comedy Couples Retreat, earned $17.9 million and newcomer horror film The Stepfather took in $12.3 million.

Still doing well in its fifth weekend was Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, which took in $8.1 million for a total $108.2 million.

The 3-D double feature of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 earned $3 million for the weekend, bringing the re-release take to $28.6 million.