Wide Release Forecast for Cloudy

The 3-D animation trend opens a new chapter this weekend with the release of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

Adapted from the book by Judi and Ron Barrett and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs stars the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg and Bruce Campbell. This clever movie has been getting great reviews’it rated an 88% on rottentomatoes.com, which compiles all the critical responses a feature receives. Audiences can expect lots of fun jokes, great 3-D hooks and a variety of inventive visuals from the guys that brought us MTV’s clever Clone High series. (The next issue of Animation Magazine features an in-depth story about the making of the feature.)

The Sony Pictures Animation release is set to play at 3,000 cinemas (including IMAX), making it the weekend’s largest new release.

Also getting wide releases this weekend are Steven Soderbergh’s new film, The Informant!, opening in 2,400 theaters; and the Fox horror film Jennifer’s Body, which unspools at 2,500 locations.

The Universal romantic comedy, Love Happens, starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart, opens in more than 1,800 cinemas.