Month: September 2013

All’s sunny for Sony as ‘Cloudy 2’ opens in first place, ‘Don Jon’ does well

Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opened at the high end of the studio’s expectations this weekend, taking in an estimated $35 million in its first three days of release. The sequel, featuring the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews and Kristen Schaal, marks the fourth-biggest September opener of all time, trailing the company’s own Hotel Transylvania ($42.5 million), Insidious Chapter 2 ($40.3 million) and Sweet Home Alabama ($35.6 million). The film took in $9.3 million on Friday, was up 63% on Saturday with $15.15 million and the studio expects to do about $10.55 million today for a per location average of $8,748 at each of the film’s 4,001 playdates. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, which was made for $78 million, received a strong A- CinemaScore from audiences. The first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballsdebuted with $30.3 million in 2009 and went on to earn $245.8 million worldwide. Warner Bros. Pictures’ Prisoners dropped to second place it second weekend, earning $11.3 million from 3,290 theaters to take …