Sony Animation’s good-natured Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 took good care of family audiences’ movie appetites this weekend, landing at No. 1 with a terrific $35 million box office. The sequel directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn was ranked as the fourth biggest September opening of all time. Sony’s 2012 feature Hotel Transylvania holds the record with $42.5 million.
The first Cloudy movie became a surprise hit for Sony when it debuted with a $30.3 million weekend and grossed over $245.8 million worldwide.
“People love this franchise. As good as it will be here, it will even be bigger internationally,” Sony worldwide president of distribution Rory Bruer told The Hollywood Reporter. “The film is a big hit for us and has something for the huge family.”
Cloudy 2 will have the family market cornered until Nov. 1st, when Relativity/Reel FX’s time-traveling turkeys movie Free Birds opens in theaters nationwide.