'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' Overshadows 'Surrogates' At Box Office

Family-friendly film is #1 again, trumping newcomers 'Surrogates' and 'Fame.'

The Box-Office Top Five

#1 "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" ($24.6 million)

#2 "Surrogates" ($15 million)

#3 "Fame" ($10 million)

#4 "The Informant!" ($6.9 million)

#5 "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself" ($4.8 million)

Who needs a world where human beings can exist vicariously through robots when there's a sky filled with meatballs to enjoy? Moviegoers decisively chose the delicious rain shower, as [article id="1621828"]"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs"[/article] dominated the box office for the second weekend in a row with a $24.6 million intake, only $6 million less than what it made during its debut weekend.

While the folks at Sony Pictures Animation have plenty of reasons to celebrate, the outcome is significantly more "cloudy" for [article id="1622352"]"Surrogates," Disney's Bruce Willis-starring science-fiction flick,[/article] which earned only $15 million. Based on the Top Shelf Productions comic book of the same name, "Surrogates" was expected by many box-office watchdogs to rule the weekend. Despite a close battle on Friday evening — "Meatballs" led "Surrogates" by less than $1 million going into Saturday morning — the weekend matinees roped in the family crowd for the animated picture, giving it enough of a boost to surpass "Surrogates" by almost $10 million.

But "Surrogates" wasn't the only newcomer to fall victim to the ever-edible "Meatballs." In third place, [article id="1622091"]"Fame"[/article] managed only $10 million over the weekend, despite its family appeal, undoubtedly losing that crowd to the buzz-worthy animated competition. Like "Surrogates," "Fame" might have some trouble trying to recoup its $25 million budget.

Coming in third and fourth place were "The Informant!" and "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself," respectively. Both films were released earlier this month and continue to do decent business, with the Matt Damon-starring dark comedy likely to move into the profit margin this week.

The weekend held plenty of other new releases that didn't quite crack the top five. "Pandorum" earned a disappointing $4.4 million, likely due to low-key marketing and mediocre word of mouth. Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" and the Audrey Tautou-starring "Coco Before Chanel" performed quite impressively given their incredibly limited theatrical runs: At four and five theaters apiece, "Capitalism" and "Coco" earned $240,000 and $177,000, respectively.

Upcoming Releases

Moore's aforementioned new doc, a scathing examination of America's financial system, gets a much wider release next weekend, putting it in direct competition with Drew Barrymore's "Whip It," the Coen brothers' "A Serious Man" and the Ricky Gervais-starring "The Invention of Lying."

Check out everything we've got on "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," "Surrogates" and "Fame."

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