1. "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" ($8 million)
2. "The Informant!" ($3.7 million)
3. "Love Happens" ($3.2 million)
4. "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" ($3 million)
5. "Jennifer's Body" ($2.7 million)
What do Bill Hader, Matt Damon, Jennifer Aniston and Megan Fox all have in common? No, they're not signing up for an ensemble dramedy, though that would be nice -- instead, all four actors are duking it out at the box office this weekend with their respective debuting films "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "The Informant!," "Love Happens" and "Jennifer's Body."
Friday night proved a decisive victory for the family friendly "Meatballs," which features the voice talents of Hader, Anna Farris and Andy Samberg. The film raked in $8 million by the end of its opening night, putting "Meatballs" several million dollars ahead of every other box office competitor. It also spells trouble for the Elijah Wood-starring "9," which only made $1.6 million on Friday evening and has undoubtedly lost its computer-animated throne to "Meatballs."
The other three debuting films struggled to find their footing at the box office, with Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!" barely taking second place at $3.7 million and a projected $11 million weekend. The film sees Matt Damon playing a huskier and less competent character than the roles he's usually known for, such as Jason Bourne or even Linus Caldwell in Soderbergh's "Ocean" movies. While his performance is getting strong reviews, Damon's decidedly different character might be viewed as a turn-off for some of his fans.
"Love Happens" landed in third place with $3.2 million on Friday evening, which is only the most recent obstacle for the Aaron Eckhart-starring romantic comedy. Screenwriters Greg Crowder and Tony Freitas attempted to block the movie's release, claiming that Universal stole the plot for "Love Happens" from their own 2006 screenplay titled "The Truth." The writers hoped to either stop the film's release or seek $100 million from Universal over the alleged idea theft, but with "Love" in theaters and only projected for a $9 million weekend, Crowder and Freitas might find that disappointment, much like love, also happens.
But an even bigger disappointment is "Jennifer's Body," which is trailing the pack of newcomers with a $2.7 million fifth place Friday. The poor performance for "Body" comes despite MTV's readers selection of the film as their most anticipated theatrical release of the weekend. What "Body's" failure means for the typically bankable Megan Fox is unclear, but Deadline Hollywood Daily's Nikki Finke suggests that "it shows that screenwriter Diablo Cody may be a one-hit wonder." Cody's screenwriting debut, "Juno," earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, but "Body" will require a heck of a workout in order to achieve similar status.
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