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Couples Rules, But Toys, Meatballs Hold Up Well


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.

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