Box Office: Moviegoers Prefer Meatballs over the Jennifers, Damon

Maybe it’s the fact that it’s the only kid-friendly film released in the week, but the CG animated movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” rained cash at the box office, taking the top spot in its debut with $30 million, according to studio estimates. “Meatballs” dethroned last week’s champ, Tyler Perry’s “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself”, which fell to third place with $10 million, just barely losing the second spot to Matt Damon’s wacky “The Informant”, which opened at second place with $10.5 million.

Two other films opened this week: the Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy “Love Happens”, co-starring Two-Face, and Megan Fox’s debut as a leading lady, the Diablo Cody-penned horror-comedy “Jennifer’s Body”. The first Jennifer’s movie opened at fourth place with $8.4 million, while Jennifer #2 managed only $6.8 million in its debut.

Not exactly great numbers for the two ladies, but let’s put it in perspective: Aniston’s romcom was made on the cheap ($18 million), so there’s little doubt the film will recoup its losses once all the numbers (DVD sales, cable rights, etc) have been tallied. Likewise with “Jennifer’s Body”, which has all the makings of a DVD/cable hit. Or at least, curiosity. The fact that Megan Fox eats boys in the movie may be enough to make it a cult hit, especially if Fox’s career plummets.

Box Office Top 10 (via):

1 —–Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs —–$30,100,000 —– $30,100,000
2 —–The Informant! —–$10,545,000 —– $10,545,000
3 —–Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself —–$10,060,000—– $37,932,000
4 —–Love Happens —– $8,456,000—– $8,456,000
5 —–Jennifer’s Body —–$6,800,000 —– $6,800,000
6 —–9 —–$5,458,000 —– $22,794,000
7 —–Inglourious Basterds —–$3,603,000 —–$109,901,000
8 —–All About Steve —–$3,400,000—– $26,678,000
9 —–Sorority Row —–$2,489,000 —– $8,870,000
10 —–The Final Destination —– $2,375,000—– $62,392,000

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