Couples Rules, But Toys, Meatballs Hold Up Well

Animated features continued to hold up well against neurotic couples and zombies at the box office this weekend.

Sony’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs closed in on the $100 million mark, taking in about $12 million for a total of $96.3 million. The film, in its fourth weekend of release, is on track to become the first Sony Pictures Animation feature to top the $100 million domestic mark.

In third place was Disney/Pixar’s limited double feature release of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3-D. The duo grossed $7.7 million in its second weekend, bringing the limited run’s total to $22.7 million.

None of which was enough to top Universal’s comedy Couples Retreat, the only major new release of the weekend. It topped the box office with a $35 million opening, followed by Zombieland with $15 million.

The surging horror film Paranormal Activity came in fifth place for the weekend, with $7 million ‘ a huge increase for the film. Comic-book adaptation The Surrogates was in sixth place with $4.1 million, for a total of $32 million.

Also still in release is Focus Features’ 9, which took in $815,000, edging its total up to $30.6 million.